Sunday, September 02, 2007

[The Chosun Ilbo, August 23 2007] GIA Adamant on Controversial New Press Rules

The Government Information Agency on Wednesday made it clear it will implement controversial new press rules critics say are designed to gag the media. As part of the new rules, reporters who cover government offices are required to register with the GIA and be given press passes. Challenged that the new press passes are reminiscent of the press cards issued by the military government under president Chun Doo-hwan to control the press, the GIA said, "Press passes are designed to minimize the inconvenience of reporters who cover government offices around the clock."

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