Gunmen kill Radio anchor during live show in Philippines

A prominent radio anchor has been reportedly shot dead while performing a live broadcast in Philippines on Sunday.

Juan Jumalon, popularly  known as DJ Johnny Walker, was shot inside his home-based studio, police said.

The Philippines president, Ferdinand Marcos Jr condemned the killing of the journalist and ordered an investigation

Four journalists have been killed since Mr Marcos Jr took office in June of 2022, the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines said.

“The attack is even more condemnable since it happened at Jumalon’s own home, which also served as the radio station”, the union added.

Mr Jumalon was live-streaming on Facebook at around 05:30 local time when the suspect entered the recording booth and shot him.

A local media, citing police sources disclosed that the suspect asked permission to enter Mr Jumalon’s radio booth to announce “something important on air”.

Police noted that they have already secured CCTV footage in the area.

Mr Jumalon’s broadcasts are usually aired on 94.7 Gold Mega Calamba FM Facebook page, which has around 2,400 followers.

It was learnt that the DJ’s wife took him to hospital immediately after the incident, but the doctors pronounced him dead upon arrival.

The Philippines is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, says US-based Freedom House.

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