Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Journalist killed in Mindanao

Children of slain journalist Edison Flamenia Sr look at the coffin of their father who was shot dead by unidentified gunman in the town of Labangan in Zamboanga del Sur province in Mindanao. (Mindanao Examiner Photo - Mark Navales).

ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Dec. 15, 2010) – A Filipino journalist was shot dead in an attack in the troubled southern region of Mindanao.

The victim, Edison Flamenia Sr, was shot as he was walking home in the village of Tabudok in Labangan town. Flamenia was writing for the Mindanao Inquirer.

The motive of the weekend attack is still unknown and his family has appealed to authorities to search and arrest the killer.

Dozens of journalists had been killed in the Philippines in recent years and international media organizations branded the country as one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists.

Last year, at least 32 journalists were among 57 people murdered in the town of Ampatuan in Maguindanao province in the country's worst political killings blamed on a powerful Muslim clan. (With a report from Mark Navales)

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