New York, June 3,
2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists offered condolences today to the
family and colleagues of Philippine journalist Jojo Trajano, who was killed in
crossfire during a police raid of an alleged organized crime den near Manila.
A group suspected of drug dealing and theft opened fire on
police during the raid at around 2.30 a.m. this morning in Taytay Town,
Rizal Province, fatally wounding Trajano and
one police officer, according to local and international news reports. A
suspect was also killed, the reports said. Trajano, who had accompanied the
police in his role as crime reporter for the local Remate newspaper, was pronounced dead on arrival at a local
hospital, according to the reports.
Police detained six people following the incident but said
that at least two suspects, including the group's alleged leader, had evaded
arrest, according to the Philippine GMA
News Web site.
"We offer condolences to Jojo Trajano's family and his
colleagues at Remate," said Bob Dietz, CPJ Asia Program Coordinator. "His death
is a sobering reminder of the many risks Philippine journalists face in their
Journalists are frequently the target of shooting attacks in
which CPJ ranks sixth on its Impunity
Index for failing to solve cases of murdered reporters. CPJ's Global Campaign Against Impunity is
seeking justice in journalist murders in the Philippines, in cooperation with