Gunmen murder journalist in Philippines

February 23, 2009 12:46 PM ET

Responding to news reports about the death of Ernie Rullen, a DXSY radio commentator who was shot and killed by two masked gunmen on the southern island of Mindanao today, we released this statement...

"The reason for Ernie Rullen's murder is not yet clear, but the circumstances strongly resemble the frequent assassinations of Philippine journalists in retribution for their outspoken reporting," said Bob Dietz, CPJ Asia program coordinator. "It is good to see that police have responded and are watching closely to ensure that their investigation gets to the root of this latest attack."

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