< hmmm... >
Yesterday's siege at the Manila Peninsula left so many mediamen arrested and rounded up to Bicutan. Their hands were tied with plastic straps and sent on over to a police station. Media violence?
Send me hate mail: I don't think so.
Before anything else, the police had no right to cuff media practicioners with twist ties. Heck, they didn't have any right to arrest a media practicioner, never mind that Magdalo members posture as mediamen. But on the other side, just what are media practicioners doing in a sensitive military operation that involves gassing a hotel?
I'm no lawyer, but I've been some degree of a journalist before: a bad one, at that. I don't know what's worse: a "subjective journalist" without a Journalism degree like myself, or media practicioners with Journalism degrees who step over the line of prudence with cameras and tape recorders to get an exclusive.
There's media violence: journalists who get abducted and/or killed for doing their jobs in the line of duty. And then there's a violent media: the kind of media that shoves microphones and cameras to people, breaches security lines, all in the name of an "exclusive report." From the standpoint of a viewer, I think it sucks: is it even "journalism?"
I don't know: I'm not a journalist.
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