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Panama-Guide.com - Unity With Panamanian Media

What is PG? By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The recent decision by the Second Superior Tribunal against the news director of TVN Channel 2, Sabrina Bacal and journalist Justino González is extremely worrisome. I believe there are cases and situations in which irresponsible and unscrupulous people can exploit the media to criminally slander or defame individuals. I myself have been the target of silly and childish outbursts, most recently by Jerry Ray Hall, who remains upset about my reporting on his exploits in Panama during his bid to win a seat in the US congress in Texas. The actions he took against me after the fact are childish, irresponsible, and criminal, and for that he will eventually be held responsible. However the TVN reporters simply covered a breaking news story, reported the facts as they became available, and did so in a professional and responsible manner. In short, they were doing their jobs. What's more, there is a connection and a political link between these cases and another pending case against commentator Juan Carlos Tapia. I think that all of these issues will be worked out eventually, however it is troubling to think that the President of Panama - Ricardo Martinelli - who has already accumulated an amazing amount of political power in this country - would allow his employees to conduct themselves in this manner. Freedom of expression and freedom of the press are one of primary ways of defending democracy. A guy like Hugo Chavez shuts down media outlets when he doesn't like what they are saying. Manuel Antonio Noriega would raid and destroy the offices of newspapers and jail journalists who spoke out against him. Does the administration of Ricardo Martinelli want to be compared with those two guys? I think not. And if Martinelli says "I didn't know" I can believe that, which is why he immediately issued the pardon. However, his people knew what was going on - they pulled the strings from a distance - and THEY should he held responsible for their mistakes. In any case, we here at Panama-Guide.com stand in solidarity with the protests taking place today against this decision.

Copyright 2010 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, October 08 2010 @ 07:19 PM UTC

hi everybody
All Panamanians can see within this case how political powers can destroy "the weaker's one".
Is this "the town's shoes" that Martinelli promise?
he should remove the judges from there.
now we can see how Mrs Ana Matilde Gomez works has been Honest!
this just political prosecuters doing wrong with any citizen...
totally DISSAPOINTED.........

Panama-Guide.com - Unity With Panamanian Media
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, October 14 2010 @ 01:13 AM UTC

Any infringement on a free press must be confronted and exposed.