Friday, August 03, 2007

[The Chosun Ilbo, August 1 2007] Gov't Efforts to Limit Media Access Continue

Around 100 journalists at the Foreign Ministry briefing room at the government complex in Sejongro, Seoul dropped their heads when they heard news that the body of the second hostage was found in Afghanistan. As this was happening, the areas surrounding the briefing room was filled with the noise of construction busily under way. It was the sound of hammers and other construction equipment being used to tear down the old facilities and build a new briefing room as part of government efforts to block journalists from contacting government officials. The government complex in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province is also spending W11.5 billion (US$1=W919) to tear down a perfectly fine conference room and build a new briefing facility.

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