How I spent my summer vacation

July 5, 2020

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Censorship is a strong word. It was bandied about by some very naive reporters after a live Zoom media conference given by Gov. Leon Guerrero last month, so I would like to take this opportunity to educate some of those reporters on what censorship is, and what it isn’...

Monday, May 4, 2020

Rarotonga, Cook Islands--World Press Freedom Day 2020 brings us back to the heart of journalism, and more than ever, in the age of misinformation and Covid-19 disruption, that heart is ethics. And just as hearts are meaningless without the bodies they inhabit, ethics w...

Friday, April 17, 2020

Saipan-- Marianas Variety's founding publisher, Abed E. Younis, passed away Saturday morning peacefully at home, from natural causes, surrounded by his family. He was 83. 

Mr. Younis was born and raised on April 29, 1936 in the village of Ara in Central Israel, whe...

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

 My heart sighed upon seeing Greg Champion’s Facebook post about the passing of my first boss on Guam, Lee Holmes. Mr. Holmes, as we all called him, passed away in December in San Diego.

 I worked for him at the former Guam Cable TV for nearly five years. He was the rea...

Friday, October 4, 2019

Colonia, Yap-- Fake news is a term that has gained popularity since Donald Trump began shouting the phrase at news reporters who attended his rallies during the lead up to the 2016 election.  The reason?  Major news outlets were reporting negative stories about him tha...

Friday, April 19, 2019

We regret the Council of Pilung’s demand to have Joyce McClure sent out of Yap and declared persona non grata. We regret such an attempt to silence a journalist and curtail freedom of the press.

Ms McClure, an American citizen who has been a resident of Yap for three ye...

Monday, April 8, 2019

 Last month, Freedom of Information Day came and went relatively quietly once again on March 16. It was chosen so because it is the birthday of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States. Historians tell us that Madison, one of the main authors of our U.S...

Thursday, February 1, 2018

 Manila —Journalists and media organizations were some of the first to be arrested, silenced and closed down by dictator Ferdinand Marcos immediately after he declared martial law in the Philippines in 1972 and held on to power with an oppressive regime for 20 years.


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