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meandering thoughts on the beat

Monday, February 27, 2006


we had an emergency meeting last Saturday on what to do in case the government gets really serious on its crackdown on media. i have to admit i came into the meeting thinking the government would not go as far as closing down our paper. but i soon realized that, as one of the bosses said, it would be foolish to underestimate and overestimate the situation. for as long as the state of national emergency is still in effect, the possibility is always there. i was more concerned whether 1017 would have a chilling effect on our coverage. thank God I was wrong, silly me. but it helps to keep our guard up regarding this because after all, the reality is that the owners do have interests that need to be protected. i also brought up the point that even on our level, in our beats, we should initiate and engage our colleagues, especially the "misinformed" or the "uninformed," on the issues at hand. as reporters of the biggest newspaper in the country, it behooves upon us to take the lead and explain why this is an issue that goes beyond the Tribune. that it goes against the very grain of the freedom our profession upholds. Caloy was right, there is an attempt to destroy our journalistic way of life. so we must rise to defend it.


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