Friday, January 19, 2007

Arroyo: Venting her ire on the press?

From Freedom Watch:

Did Arroyo order the closure of two ABC-5 shows and Newsbreak?

Did the government order the closure of two critical public affairs shows on ABC-5 and the hard-hitting Newsbreak magazine?

TV Patrol World, the primetime newscast of ABS-CBN, reported yesterday that the two current affairs shows on ABC 5, Frontlines and Metro, were "taken off the air after the television network's owner was implicated in the attempted coup d'etat last year."

"The ABC 5 staff was surprised to learn that network boss Antonio 'Tonyboy' Cojuangco had ordered the cancellation of 'Dokyu' and 'Frontlines,' programs known for their sometimes hard-hitting comments against the administration," reported. The report said that justice secretary Raul Gonzalez denied that the government had influenced Cojuangco's decision.

Read more here. The post also carried links of the story on the issue, the editor's note of Marites Vitug (Newsbreak editor in chief) explaining their reason for stopping the print edition of the magazine, and the ABC-5 official statement as posted in the blog of network senior reporter Jove Francisco.

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