Editorial: There goes another statistic

ANOTHER journalist in the country was shot dead.

Dennis Denora, 67, was gunned down while on board his vehicle, along with his driver, in Panabo City, Davao del Norte on June 7.

Denora, who once write for SunStar Davao, died instantaneously while his driver survived the attack.

While the motive is not yet revealed, whether personal or work-related, it is still considered media killing.

It would have been the 11th death of a media worker under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte in the span of two years - yes, two years.

Various media groups have strongly condemned the killing.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) in Davao City in a statement, said Denora's death is "a clear assault to press freedom, and it amplifies the existing climate of fear among journalists who are working in their local community."

"His death underscores the worsening state of media killings in the country," NUJP stated.

The media guild urged the government to take concrete actions to stop these senseless killings and bring those who attacked the journalist to justice.

They also called on the Presidential Task Force on Media Safety to immediately investigate, identify, arrest and prosecute those involved in Denora's death.


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