Radio broadcaster fatally shot on stage as he hosted Philippines singing contest

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Singing contest host killed on Philippines stage

MANILA, Philippines — A brazen gunman shot and killed a radio journalist as he hosted a singing contest before shocked spectators in the southern Philippines, police said Tuesday.

Desidario Camangyan of Sunshine FM radio died from a gunshot wound to the head Monday night inside the gymnasium of Davao Oriental province’s Manay township, said Inspector Ariel Nueva, the town’s police chief.

Camangyan, 52, was sitting on stage when the attacker shot him from behind, Nueva told The Associated Press.

The gunman escaped on foot. Police were trying to determine the motive, including if the attack was related to Camangyan’s work as a broadcaster.

The Philippines prides itself on having among the freest media in Southeast Asia, but it also is among the world’s most dangerous places for journalists.

In the world’s deadliest single assault on media workers, at least 30 reporters and their staff were among 57 people massacred Nov. 30 in the southern Philippines. The victims were in a vehicle convoy targeted in political violence before the May national election.

Prior to that attack, 75 media workers had been killed in the country since 2001, according to the International Federation of Journalists.

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