Press photographer gunned down by lone sniper on Jolo island

first_img Follow the news on Philippines November 13, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press photographer gunned down by lone sniper on Jolo island Aged 26, Gene Boyd Lumawag (photo) was preparing a report on Aid al-Fitr, the Muslim festivity that marks the end of Ramadan, for the local news agency Mindanews. Army investigators told Mindanews they thought the shooting was the work of members of an “urban terrorist group” linked to Abu Sayyaf, an Islamist group fighting for an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines. May 3, 2021 Find out more Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago News to go further Reporters Without Borders today condemned the fatal shooting of news photographer Gene Boyd Lumawag by a lone sniper yesterday while on assignment for the local news agency Mindanews on Jolo island, an Islamist bastion in the southern Philippines. The gunman escaped and no arrests were made.Lumawag’s death brought to nine the number of journalists killed in the course of their work so far this year in the Philippines, making it the world’s most dangerous country for the press after Iraq. “Once again we are dismayed by the death of a journalist in the Philippines,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The investigations into each of these terrible murders must be pursued to the end if they are to stop. As in the other case, the authorities must explore all leads and the police must be given all the resources they need to find out who killed Lumawag.”Aged 26, Lumawag was preparing a report on Aid al-Fitr, the Muslim festivity that marks the end of Ramadan. He was hit by a 45mm bullet in the forehead as he was heading towards the pier in the town of Jolo to photograph the sunset. He was working with another journalist from Mindanao island who was managed find refuge in a church and was not hurt.Army investigators told Mindanews they thought the shooting was the work of members of an “urban terrorist group” linked to Abu Sayyaf, an Islamist group fighting for an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines. Abu Sayyaf has been blamed for many attacks and kidnappings and is alleged by both the Philippine and US authorities to be linked to Al-Qaeda. News Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped News News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific June 1, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation Help by sharing this information Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa RSF_en February 16, 2021 Find out more PhilippinesAsia – Pacific last_img

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