RSF condemns fatal shooting of Philippine radio journalist

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that a Philippine radio journalist died of his injuries on 1 May after being shot several times by a motorcycle gunman the previous day, and calls on the country’s authorities to identify those responsible. Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Philippine local radio commentator Edmund Sestoso (right) died on 1 May of the injuries received in a shooting attack the previous day, to the dismay of the country’s journalists (photo: Noel Celis / AFP – Facebook). PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityViolence Organisation to go further Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Philippines February 16, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alertscenter_img News News May 2, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 RSF condemns fatal shooting of Philippine radio journalist June 1, 2021 Find out more News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityViolence May 3, 2021 Find out more Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Edmund Sestoso’s voice was very familiar to listeners of DyGB 91.7 FM, a local radio station in Dumaguete City, in Negros Oriental province, where he was gunned down as he was returning home by motorcycle on 30 April after recording his popular morning programme “Tug-anan sa Power 91,” in which he discussed local affairs, including political issues and armed conflicts.Sestoso was shot in the chest, stomach and legs at a toll station by an unidentified individual on a motorcycle. The gunman also shot the tires of the pedicab whose driver tried to transport him to a hospital. Aged 51 and the father of two girls aged 11 and 13, Sestoso died yesterday in the hospital to which he was taken after the shooting.“We are absolutely horrified by this tragedy and we express our complete solidarity with the Philippine media community, which is once again in mourning,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“Edmund Sestoso worked for the public good by explaining news developments in the Dumaguete region to his listeners, sometimes tackling very sensitive issues. We urge the authorities to do everything possible to find both the killer and instigators, and to not let this crime go unpunished.”The local police have said the shooting was very probably linked to Sestoso’s work as a journalist.Joel Sy Egco, the head of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFOMS), told RSF that, until evidence comes to light indicating otherwise, he too is of the view that Sestoso was targeted because of his radio programme. A conflict between rival political factions in Negros Oriental could be to blame. Sestoso used to head the local chapter of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).He is the first journalist to be killed in the Philippines in 2018 and at least the fifth to be killed in connection with their journalism since Rodrigo Duterte, who is prone to particularly violent verbal attacks on the media, became president in June 2016. Long regarded as one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists, the Philippines has fallen six places in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index and is now ranked is ranked 133rd out of 180 countries. RSF_en last_img read more

Maggini String Quartet at the Hollywell Music room, 10th February 2008

first_imgThe highlight of the concert was John Ireland’s Sextet for Clarinet, Horn and String Quartet, for which the Maggini quartet were joined by clarinettist Robert Plane and hornist David Pyatt. The influence of Brahms’s clarinet quintet and horn trio shows throughout Ireland’s opus, with the rich and sonorous blending of string, wind and brass making the listener yearn for more chamber music with such instrumentation. The quartet will be recording this work for Naxos later this year, hopefully raising awareness of this composer’s fascinating early work. The Maggini String Quartet gave a solid performance of a diverse and challenging programme at the Holywell Music Room, as part of the Oxford Chamber Music Society’s 2008 concert series. The final piece on the program was Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 4 in E Minor, op. 44, no. 2, cited in the program as being ‘one of our literature’s greatest quartets’. Violist Martin Outram offered a strong and rich opening melody. The fiery fourth movement demonstrated the quartet’s outstanding technical skill, especially in virtuosic fast passages at the exhilarating climax.  The quartet’s encore, William Alwyn’s ‘Novelette’, brought an enjoyable afternoon to a close. The Oxford Chamber Music Society presents its next concert on 2 March with the Duke Quartet performing works by Steve Reich, Bartók and Ravel. Anyone under 23 years old can obtain a free ticket on the day through the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust upon presentation of ID. center_img The first piece, Haydn’s String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20 No. 5, was briefly was described by the quartet’s cellist Michal Kaznowski as a ‘contrast of light and dark’. The performers enhanced the frequent trade-off of major and minor keys with rich dynamic contrasts throughout all four movements. Balance amongst the players was perhaps a little uneven at times, with the lower strings sometimes obscuring first violinist Lorraine McAslan’s mellow sound. by Aaron Mertzlast_img read more