Tuesday, June 05, 2007

[The Hankyoreh, May.22,2007] Gov’t plans to consolidate pressrooms bring controversy Experts divided over whether plan will increase quality of coverage or media manipulation

The government is due to endorse a plan on May 22 to consolidate about 40 pressrooms at government agencies into three and to prohibit journalists from access to offices of government agencies or police stations.

Starting July, the government is scheduled to apply the plan, called a ‘plan for the modernization of media support,’ after a trial period. Under the plan, there would be only one pressroom each to cover the three major government complexes in Gwanghwamun, downtown Seoul; Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province; and Daejeon.


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