Tuesday, September 11, 2007

[The Chosun Ilbo, August 24 2007] GNP Steps Up Campaign Against New Press Controls

The Grand National Party on Thursday denounced the government’s draconian new press policy as “a scheme to cover up its policy failures” ahead of the presidential election.

The opposition party pledged to take those responsible for “oppressing the press” to account if it takes power.In a meeting with reporters, GNP presidential candidate Lee Myung-bak said, "Our view is different from the government's. This is an open society, not a closed one. It's necessary to approach this issue from the standpoint of guaranteeing the public’s right to know." He reaffirmed an earlier promise to restore press rooms at government offices now being closed down if he becomes president.

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