Friday, August 03, 2007

[The Chosun Ilbo, July 26 2007] KBS and the 2002 Presidential Race

The front page of Wednesday’s edition of the Chosun Ilbo newspaper carried two articles about people who determined the course of the 2002 presidential election. One of those articles was about a court order for Kim Dae-eop to pay W10 million (US$1=W913) in compensation to a police investigator for defaming him. Kim divulged false information about military draft dodging by the son of a Grand National Party presidential candidate and later served 22 months in prison for the slander.

The other article was about Prof. Kim In-kyu of Sungkyunkwan University, the former political editor and editor-in-chief at KBS. ... Kim and KBS took center stage during the 2002 election, and it is no exaggeration to say that they made Korea what it is today.

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