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Residents sound off on GPD newsroom search

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - Since freedom of the press is such a hotly-contested issue lately, following the Guam Police Department's search of the KUAM newsroom in Harmon last Wednesday, KUAM News went asked community members what their feelings are on the search warrant executed at our Harmon studios.

"That's a violation of the freedom of the press and all that stuff," noted Mangilao resident James Buccat.  "I think it's really wrong what they did...they just assumed they can just go in and cover up whatever they need to cover up and say, 'Hey, I need this and I don't want anyone else to see it.' It's just wrong."

Dededo's Diane Benavente added, "It kind of depends, because what they (GPD) said was they were there to retrieve a document that was stolen and the other side said there should be a freedom of the press. So it's kind of like one of those things where you wonder just exactly what's going on."

Another Dededo neighbor, Greg Blas, stated, "If you look at the details, it was a documents [sic] that belongs to GPD which they were retrieving, not something that was considered to be an actual freedom of the press type of thing. They were looking for the document. I don't think they did it the right way. I think they could've done it without the search warrant - just ask and it would've been done."

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