Journalists Killed  |  Philippines

Richard Nadjid


May 4, 2014, in Bongao, Philippines

Unidentified gunmen killed Richard Nadjid in the town of Bongao on May 4, 2014, while he was returning from an evening basketball game, news reports citing the local police chief Senior Superintendent Joselito Salido said.

Nadjid was the station manager of dxNN 92.5 Powermix FM and hosted a morning news and public affairs program for the station, according to the Philippines-based press freedom advocacy group the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) and the Philippines Center for Investigative Journalism. Prior to working for dxNN, Nadjid worked as a reporter for dxGD, an AM radio station based in Jolo, Sulu, reports said. He worked there for almost seven years, Babylyn Kano-Omar, Nadjid's colleague, told CMFR.

Prior to assuming his role as the station manager for dxNN in 2013, Nadjid lost a bid to become town councilor, according to Kano-Omar.

Kano-Omar also told CMFR that Nadjid had volunteered to act as a witness in police inventories conducted immediately after some drug bust operations. Philippine law mandates that at least one media practitioner act as witness in drug bust inventories. Kano-Omar said this was one angle the police were looking into as the motive behind the killing.

Bongao is located in the southernmost province of Tawi-Tawi which is part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in the Philippines, an area where armed groups, outlaws and Islamic extremists are known to be active, according to reports.

Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.

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