Friday, August 17, 2007

[The Chosun Ilbo, August 8 2007] Media Oppression by a Fading Administration

Invoking a prime minister’s directive on media support, the deputy director of the Government Information Agency and media relations officials at each government ministry are moving to take disciplinary measures against journalists and their employers that do not abide by news embargoes or off-the-record standards set by government offices. Journalists and media companies that break this regulation will lose access to information and be barred from getting interviews with government officials. Also, journalists signed up for access to government ministries must attend at least one government media briefing a week or face loss of their press pass.

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