Radio Anchor Killed in On-Air Attack During Facebook Livestream


Summary: A radio anchor in the Philippines was fatally shot while broadcasting live on Facebook, highlighting the dangers faced by journalists in the country.

Attacker Posed as Listener and Stole Victim’s Necklace

In a brazen attack, a gunman entered the home-based radio station of Juan Jumalon and shot him twice during a live broadcast. The attacker pretended to be a listener before snatching the victim’s gold necklace and fleeing with an accomplice.

Investigation Underway to Identify Gunman

Authorities are conducting an investigation to identify the gunman and determine whether the attack was work-related. The Philippines has a history of violence against journalists, and President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has ordered the police to apprehend and prosecute the killers.

Freedom of the Press Threatened in the Philippines

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines condemned the attack and highlighted the country’s dangerous environment for journalists. Juan Jumalon’s death marks the 199th killing of a journalist since 1986’s People Power uprising. The attack is particularly condemnable as it occurred at Jumalon’s own home, which also served as the radio station.

Video of the Attack Raises Questions

A video of the attack captured Jumalon pausing and looking upward before shots were fired, causing him to slump back in his chair. While the attacker was not seen on the livestream, authorities are examining security camera footage to gather more information.

Journalists Face Ongoing Threats in the Philippines

The Philippines is known as one of the most dangerous places for journalists, with a history of attacks and killings. In 2009, a political clan and their affiliates killed 32 media workers in a mass execution-style attack. The lack of law enforcement and the prevalence of unlicensed guns and private armies controlled by powerful clans contribute to the security concerns faced by journalists in the country.

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