MANILA — Less than a week after the successive killings of two radio broadcasters, a reporter for a newspaper in the southern Philippines was shot dead on Saturday evening, officials and colleagues said on Sunday.
Nestor Bedolido, a reporter for the weekly tabloid The Kastigador in Digos City, was buying cigarettes from a roadside vendor when a gunman approached and shot him six times.
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The Committee to Protect Journalists considers the November-23 Ampatuan Massacre in Maguindanao among the worst for journalists, calling it “one of the deadliest single events for the press in memory.”
UNTV van unearthed from the site of the Ampatuan Massacre
Prior to the November-23 massacre, a National Union of Journalists of the Philippines record indicates that there are more journalists and media workers killed in the country under the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration since 2001 than under any other regime in the Philippines.
Following the fall of the Marcos regime and the People Power revolt in 1986, there are at least 104 journalists killed in the country, based on records provided by the NUJP.
CPJ lists some other deadly media-related events here
UNTV journalists pay tribute to the fallen UNTV correspondents and staff members murdered in the November-23 Ampatuan Massacre who were among the 30 media workers killed recorded by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.