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CNN cameraman shot dead

MANILA (UCAN/Agencies) : A cameraman was shot dead in Imus City in Cavite province on June 25.

Jonathan Oldan, 29, an assistant cameraman for CNN Philippines, was shot several times in the head while on his way to work at around 5.15am. 

“We demand that his assailant or assailants be brought to justice,” CNN Philippines said in a statement.

Police were still looking for the motive behind the murder. He is the third journalist killed in The Philippines in the past six months.

The National Press Club of The Philippines said the killing “highlights the government’s apathy, or lack of interest, over the horrendous state of media killings in the country”.

Joel Sy Egco, press club president, noted that Oldan was killed in Cavite province where another journalist, Rubie Garcia, was killed last year.

On April 13, a gunman also killed Melinda “Mei” Magsino, a former reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, in the nearby province of Batangas.

In February, radio journalist Maurito Lim died after being shot in the head in Tagbilaran City in the central Philippine province of Bohol.

“None of the cases has been solved,” Egco said while being asked about developments in the investigations of these murder cases.

Egco warned that members of the media would likely become targets of attacks especially ahead of national elections next year.

During the 2013 mid-term elections, at least 35 people were killed on election day alone.

Carlos Zarate, an opposition member in the House of Representatives, condemned the killing of journalists.

He said the failure of the government to arrest, prosecute and convict the perpetrators is “indicative of how little, if any at all, the government is doing to stop this murderous rampage”.

“Violent crimes against journalists and media workers are common, especially those who expose corruption and injustice. The killing of journalists denigrates free speech and democracy in our country,” Zarate said.

The legislator said “the reigning impunity” in The Philippines makes the country a dangerous place for journalists.

The International Federation of Journalists called on the Philippine government to launch an immediate investigation into Oldan’s murder.

 

Some 173 journalists have been killed since 1986, when Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was ousted. Oldan was the 35th journalist killed in The Philippines since 2010.