WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY 2010

To all MAGDALO staff and Emilians,

Today, May 3, 2010 is WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY.

A day that the United Nations declared “to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” (Source: Wikipedia)

A day when all members of the media come out to cry their support for free, responsible journalism, and reaffirm their call for the freedom of people bound by gag orders.

The essence of this day is not lost on all campus journalists, especially those in publications that have long since been restrained by corrupt administrators eager to make them toe the official line. This does not ring a louder bell than in our beloved publication, the MAGDALO EDITORIAL BOARD of EMILIO AGUINALDO COLLEGE-MANILA.

Over the past year, our publication has seen the worst evils that can happen to it come out in full force. The adviser, Armando Paras, executed a special plan to ban all members of the 2008-2009 editorial staff from applying for the 2009-2010 staff. Not only was the plan a success by “their” standards, the writing quality suffered as well, and the staff members they put in already needed much polishing as far as their integrity was concerned. Paras’ arrogance by denouncing the batches that came before him as “infected by false idealism from outside writers’ organisations” when he has clearly shown delusions of grandeur only shows his ulterior motives in serving as our adviser. He doesn’t deserve one more year at the post.

As the commemoration of WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY comes to a close, we at MAGDALO still believe in the power of the pen in affecting change in our school community and educating them on the dangers that lay in the outside world. As the 25th anniversary is close at hand, would this mark another 25 years of repression and mixed reception by the students? This we ponder…

DEFEND STUDENT RIGHTS AND END THE REPRESSION OF CAMPUS PRESS FREEDOM IN EAC!
LONG LIVE THE MAGDALO EDITORIAL BOARD!

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