This post is dedicated to friend and colleague Dana Batnag.
In view of the Arroyo government’s pathetic attempts to curtail and curb press freedom, and to harass journalists, please download and read:
Below’s a sampling from the book and from the web.
The freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by a despotic government.
Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation’s heart, the excision of its memory.”
The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.
Censorship reflects society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.
The press must be free; it has always been so and much evil has been corrected by it. If
government finds itself annoyed by it, let it examine its own conduct and it will find the cause.
Why should freedom of speech and freedom of the press be allowed? Why should a government which is doing what it believes to be right allow itself to be criticized? It would not all opposition by lethal weapons. Ideas are much more fatal things than guns.
I am a journalist myself and shall appeal to fellow journalists to realize their responsibility and to carry on their work with no idea other than that of upholding the truth.