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Eyewitness helpless on ‘rape’ of printed page

THOSE WERE THEDAYS Former “We Forum” publisher-editor Jose Burgos Jr. is interviewed
by journalists, including Joan Orendain (second from left) and Mike Suarez of the Associated Press
(third from left), in a picket at the justice department following the forced resignation of Panorama
magazine editor Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc during the rule of dictator Ferdinand Marcos.Magsanoc
is now editor in chief of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, where Suarez now works as INQUIRER News
Service editor. The photo is from the book “The Philippine PressUnder Siege.”

The Liwayway press on Pasong Tamo, Makati City, like so many other bigger printing establishments, situates its printing press on the ground floor, the assembly and shipping sections located at the farthest end of the same floor of that long building, all of which sections provide an awesome panorama when seen through glass panels from the second floor—all the more awesome for the fact that the next sheet it will churn through its rollers could be your printed story.

Posted: September 26th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Nick Joaquin: ‘Those who displayed an enjoyable recklessness’

BEFORE THE ESCAPE This 1984 photo shows “We Forum” editor
Jose Burgos (left) talking with detained journalist SaturOcampo
(middle) and the lateWe Forum columnist Armando Malay. Ocampo
was then on a one-day furlough to celebrate Press Freedom Day at
theNational Press Club. In May 1985, he was again allowed to return
to theNPC where he escaped from hismilitary captors. This picture
was taken from the book “The Philippine Press Under Siege.”

Let me show you fear in a handful of dust—or rather of press releases. A PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) member took a handful of press releases to the newspaper offices. The press releases were about this conference we’re having today. But one look at the press releases and the editors froze. They had read the title of this conference.

Posted: September 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Dagupan mayor welcomes NBI probe of radioman’s slay try

gun shot

Mayor Belen Fernandez on Monday welcomed any investigation on her alleged link to the shooting and wounding of a local radio station manager here.

Posted: September 16th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

House members back passage of information law

AP file photo

President Benigno Aquino III may not have mentioned the Freedom of Information Bill in his State of the Nation Address, but lawmakers, at the prodding of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., expressed support Wednesday for its passage.

Posted: July 30th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Journalists jailed 10 years for Myanmar stories

Members of Myanmar's military march in formation during a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw on March 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO

Four reporters and the chief executive of the magazine they work for were sentenced Thursday, July 10 to 10 years of hard prison labor for violating Myanmar’s national security by writing and publishing stories about a weapons factory.

Posted: July 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »