Saturday, January 05, 2008

Over A Cup of Coffee*

I consider him, the Dean of Philippine Journalism. Of the Filipino Journalists, and of the Filipino people.

...Politicians define laws depending on the need of the moment.

A dictated press is something to abhor even if the dictators were exclusively Filipinos... Any kind of control of the press is to be fought even if this control were being undertaken in the name of love of country, more so if control itself were being advocated by people who have publicly confessed that they are under the thumb of their publishers... We think freedom should be freedom even for Filipino dictators of the press...

A journalism student wrote to ask what I thought were the qualifications of a columnist. My answer was simple -- none. Any fool can write a column and many fools do. Even ex-cons and con-men often write columns. To be a reporter is something else -- you have to have what it takes. The columnist is lucky -- he doest not have to work. He can preach, instead.

The Philippine press must bear the cross of having to fight bureaucracy to be able to enjoy press freedom...

I am sorry if you don't agree with me.

Teodoro "Ka Doroy" Valencia.


Anonymous said...

And what do you suggest in effect of fighting and abolishing bureaucracy?

theporsche02 said...

Ask Ka Doroy.

My point is.. the press should not be suppressed and confined under a certain law imposed by an authority.

Anonymous said...


Your point is vague, I suppose.

theporsche02 said...

well then,your question needs more focus..'',) haha.