Tuesday, June 05, 2007

[[The Hankyoreh Geurimpan, 25 May 2007] Take this down quickly

President Roh Moo-hyun tells the media to "Get this all down," as he approves the measures to consolidate 40 press rooms in government agencies into three in the pretext of reforming government-press relations.

But the Government Information Agency, in charge of the measures and also the mike President Roh holds in his hand, has had its line cut, as voices opposing the measures came from nearly all political circles, including the pro-government Uri Party as well as most civic activist groups as well as journalists, who see it as an effort to repress freedom of speech. In particular, members of the main opposition Grand National Party have threatened to legislate this agency out of existence.


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