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Radio Journalist Slain in Philippines


Undated photo shows 37-year-old Joselito Agustin, a radio journalist, who was shot dead in the northern Philippines, the second killing this week in one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists.

Undated photo shows 37-year-old Joselito Agustin, a radio journalist, who was shot dead in the northern Philippines, the second killing this week in one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists.

A Philippine radio journalist was gunned down Wednesday, the second journalist killed in the Pacific nation this week.

Police say 37-year-old Joselito Agustin was shot to death by two gunmen riding a motorcycle early Wednesday in northern Ilocos Norte. Agustin was killed as he was heading home from his job at a local radio station in Laoag city.

The attack took place less than 24 hours after radio journalist Desidario Camangyan was murdered while hosting a singing contest in Davao Oriental province. Witnesses say the attacker shot Camangyan from behind as he sat on stage. The gunman escaped, and police are investigating possible motives.

Camangyan worked for Sunrise FM, a local radio station.

The U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists says 33 journalists were killed in the Philippines last year, making it the world's deadliest country for media professionals. Thirty of those killed were among a group of 57 people massacred in the southern Philippines last November in election-related violence.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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