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Photojournalist shot dead

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders has called on provincial and national authorities to thoroughly investigate the 21 May 2007 murder of photojournalist Dodie Nunez. Nunez worked for the regional newspaper "Katapat", known for criticising corruption. RSF believes the killing may have had political motives.

Nunez was returning home in Cavite province, south of Manila, when three motorcyclists stopped the bus he was on and shot him dead, wounding another person in the process.

"Katapat" editor Archie Gadang stood for provincial governor in elections earlier this month. He was later sued for libel by the winner, Ireneo Maliksi. During the campaign, the paper had accused Maliksi of corruption.

Several Filipino journalists have been killed in the wake of elections in revenge for often fierce criticism of local politicians. Roberto Ramos, also of "Katapat", was killed by motorcycle gunmen on 20 November 2005 (see IFEX alert of 2 December 2005).

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