WE Forum

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WE Forum
Founded1977;42 years ago (1977)
LanguageEnglish
Ceased publication1985;34 years ago (1985)
City Quezon City
Country Philippines

The WE Forum was a fortnightly [1] newspaper in the Philippines founded by Jose Burgos Jr. in 1977, while Martial law under Ferdinand Marcos was still in effect. It was known for its hard-hitting coverage critical of the Marcos administration, which was rare at a time when most publications portrayed the Marcos regime in a positive light. [2] In November 1982, the WE Forum published a story by Colonel Bonifacio Gillego, exposing the falsehood of Ferdinand Marcos' supposed wartime medals. The METROCOM Intelligence and Security Group, acting on Marcos' orders, retaliated in what has since become known as the WE Forum raid. [3] They arresting Burgos and his staff for a month, and padlocked the paper's facilities, shutting the WE Forum down until December 1984 when the Supreme Court declared the raid illegal, and dismissed all evidence against the WE Forum and its staff inadmissible. [1] Burgos relaunched WE Forum in addition to Malaya, a daily broadsheet he had begun publishing while the WE Forum case was still being heard in court. [4] Publication of the WE Forum finally ended in 1985, while Malaya became a major industry player during the days of the 1986 People Power revolution.

References

  1. 1 2 Fernandez, Lourdes Molina (2007-01-26). "Heroes of Press Freedom: Jose Burgos Jr. - A Timeless Hero". Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  2. "We Forum". Rizal Library WE Forum archive, Ateneo de Manila University. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  3. Hollie, Pamela G. (1982-12-08). "Manila Newspaper Closed by Marcos". The New York Times. ISSN   0362-4331 . Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  4. "Veteran journalist Jose Burgos Jr. laid to rest today". The Philippine Star . 2003-11-22. Retrieved 2019-01-28.