Philippine community station razed

alerts-button.jpgCenter for Media Freedom and Responsibility reports: A community radio station was burned down by unidentified men before dawn Sunday (02 July) in Baggao town of Cagayan province, more than 320 kilometers north of Manila. Radyo Cagayano, operated by political group Bayan Muna (Nation First), was razed to the ground Sunday after eight armed men wearing ski masks forcibly entered the station carrying bottles of gasolines. Reporters Sans Frontiers is condemning the attack.
the CMFR report says that according to Cagayan police chief James Andres Melad, the arsonists went to the dwRC Radyo Cagayano at about 2 a.m. and set the station’s transmitter and broadcast booth on fire.
Melad said the attackers also took the cell phones of the six staff members before tying them up and blindfolding them. The crew suffered minor bruises.
Radyo Cagayano, which was put up jointly by the local government and Bayan Muna, had been critical of the alleged corruption by military personnel based in Cagayan.
Local groups denounced the attack, blaming the military for the said incident. The military denied that it had a hand in the attack. ###

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