Top UN official deplores murder of Filipino broadcaster

Martin Roxas, a 32-year-old radio broadcaster and programme director of dyKR-Radio Mindanao Network (RMN), was murdered on 7 August.He had just finished his show, Targetanay sa Ugto (“Targeting at Noon”), and was on his way home when he was shot by a gunman on a motorcycle. “The perpetrators of such crimes are undermining the fundamental human right of freedom of expression, which is a cornerstone of democracy,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. “I trust the Philippines authorities will spare no effort in tracking the murderers of Mr. Roxas and bringing them to trial,” he added.According to the Manila-based Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), Mr. Roxas – who had been investigating irregularity in local government – was the fourth journalist killed this year in the country. 19 August 2008The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending freedom of expression and press freedom has condemned the murder of a radio broadcaster who was shot dead on his way home in Roxas City, in the Philippines.

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