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Filipino journalist's killer handed life sentence

Filipino journalist's killer handed life sentence

A media watchdog on Friday welcomed the life sentence handed down to a man convicted of killing a Philippine radio journalist, but called for the masterminds of the murder to be brought to justice.
Edgar Amoro was gunned down outside a high school in the southern Philippines in 2005. Madix Maulana, a local politician's former bodyguard, was convicted Tuesday by the court in central Cebu city of carrying out the shooting.
Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said the sentence was "an encouraging sign," but called for the "masterminds and accomplices" to be identified and brought to trial.
Amoro was the main witness in the 2002 murder of his friend and fellow journalist Edgar Damalerio and some believe his death may have been related.
Although the Philippines prides itself on having one of the freest presses in Southeast Asia, it has also been named as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.
On Nov. 23, more than 30 journalists and their staff were among 57 people in an election convoy massacred in southern Maguindanao province. Media watchdogs say it was the world's deadliest single assault on journalists.
Before the massacre, 75 journalists had been killed since President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo took office in 2001, according to the Belgium-based International Federation of Journalists.


Updated : 2020-12-01 05:15 GMT+08:00