Panamanian Journalists Meet To Discuss Freedom of Expression And Other Issues (Meeting Infiltrated)
Tuesday, July 10 2012 @ 05:55 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: The idea that a group of journalists can get together in Panama to agree on anything is sort of ridiculous. First of all, they are all employees of one company or another. The owners of these companies have all taken sides with one of the three major political parties in Panama - the PRD, Panameņistas, and the CD. For example the La Prensa newspaper is 100% Panameņista, the Panama America newspaper is 100% CD, and the channel 13 Telemetro news broadcast is 100% PRD. What happens is that sometimes the lower level journalists don't necessarily agree or support the policy or politics of the owners - and that's the case with channel 2 TVN. So, what you end up with is a mish-mash of conflicting loyalties mixed with economics (money and pay) and politics. I'm beginning to think I'm the only truly independent and neutral journalist in Panama - and I don't go to their meetings.