DJ shot dead during live broadcast in Philippines

Juan Jumalon, known as DJ Johnny Walker (Facebook / 94.7 Gold Mega Calamba )
Juan Jumalon, known as DJ Johnny Walker (Facebook / 94.7 Gold Mega Calamba )

A radio anchor has been shot dead while presenting a live broadcast in the Philippines.

Juan Jumalon, known as DJ Johnny Walker, was attacked by a gunman who gained entry to his home studio by pretending to be a listener.

He shot the 57-year-old twice as people watched the programme via a live Facebook stream.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr condemned the murder “in the strongest terms”, on X, formerly Twitter, adding: “Attacks on journalists will not be tolerated in our democracy, and those who threaten the freedom of the press will face the full consequences of their actions.

However, Mr Jumalon is the fourth reporter killed since Marcos took office in June 2022.

According to local media, the suspect asked permission to enter Mr Jumalon's Gold FM 94.7 booth to announce “something important on air”.

A video of the attack shows the broadcaster pausing and looking up at something away from the camera before two shots ring out. Mr Jumalon slumps back in his chair as background music plays on.

The attacker snatched his victim’s gold necklace before fleeing on a motorbike with an accomplice waiting outside in Calamba, Misamis Occidental.

Mr Jumalon was taken to hospital by his wife but pronounced dead on the way.

The killer was not seen on the Facebook livestream but police say they have already secured CCTV footage in the area.

Mr Jumalon’s broadcasts from his home usually attract about 2,400 online followers.

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

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, a press freedom watchdog, said he was the 199th journalist to be killed in the country since 1986.

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