Wednesday, December 27, 2006

A killing in a time of peace

What a way to end 2006. It's literally ending the year with a bang.

From the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility's blog Freedom Watch:

Ilocos Norte reporter killed
Source: Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

Assailants stabbed to death a community journalist on 20 December 2006 in Batac, Ilocos Norte, a province north of Manila.

Andres “Andy” Acosta, 46, news reporter for dzJC and the monthly community paper Northern Light, was on his way home from a Christmas party of reporters at the Northview Hotel in Laoag when he was stabbed by still unknown attackers.

Acosta managed to get on his motorcycle and headed for the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center in Batac. Witnesses saw him speeding on the national highway before he collapsed from his motorcycle and died from his stab wounds.

A journalist for the past nine years, Acosta covered mostly police stories. The motive for his death is still unknown but Superintendent Bienvenido Rayco, Batac police director, said that revenge could be the reason.

Read the full version of the report here.

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