Tuesday, June 19, 2007

[The Chosun Ilbo, June 5 2007] Gov't 'Gagging State-Run Think Tanks'

The government is apparently trying to suppress reports critical of its policies by state-run research institutes and prevent researchers from giving interviews in the press.

The Korea Institute of Public Finance, a state-funded research center on taxation policy, is not publishing a December 2006 comparative report on holding taxation systems in major countries. The report was distributed to relevant agencies, including some libraries, last December and posted on the KIPF's web page. Press reports in March criticized the government citing the report, saying the comprehensive real estate tax would result in a drastic increase in taxes and calling for measures to prevent this. Immediately afterwards, the KIPF changed policy and decided not to publish the report. It also removed the report from its web page.


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