Sunday, September 02, 2007

[The Hankyoreh, August 23 2007] Gov’t cancels electronic ID plan

Journalists outraged over the aborted move, insisting the plan undermines press freedom.

Facing mounting criticism, the Government Information Agency has cancelled a plan that would have obligated reporters to carry electronic chip-embedded identification cards so as to analyze their movements and monitor the overall use of its press room.

“We had considered tagging electronic chips to ID cards of individual reporters but canceled the plan,” an agency official said. “The chips were designed to monitor reporters checking in and out of our press room only.”

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