online press conference held to commemorate martial law

09/21/06 at 1:49 pm | Posted in CNET Asia, Tech | Leave a comment

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I blogged while participating in the online press conference. Kinda like what I did for the INQ7 Running Account during the Estrada impeachment trial and People Power 2, and, more recently, the Marine HQ standoff.

Here’s an excerpt:

As I’m blogging this, I’m taking part in a very interesting online press conference/Internet relay chat session to commemorate the 34th anniversary of Martial Law, which was declared by the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos on Sept. 21, 1972.

What makes this online press conference particularly significant is that it’s another example of how technology can be used to encourage political discourse and safeguard freedom of expression. It’s particularly apt considering that Martial Law sought to curtail these freedoms.

Guesting in what is being dubbed as the first in series of online press conferences being held by Philippine portal Yehey.com is House of Representatives Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna (People First) Representative Satur C. Ocampo. Popularly known as “Ka Satur”, Ocampo was formerly a journalist, political prisoner and communist rebel, who was the spokesperson of the National Democratic Front during the peace talks in 1986 between the Philippine Government and communist rebels.

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