Tuesday, September 18, 2007

[The Hankyoreh, September 14 2007] Gov't said to accept media reform proposal

Move would set up checks and balances between gov't, media

Cheong Wa Dae, or the Presidential Office, is believed to have accepted an arbitration proposal by the pro-government United New Democratic Party (UNDP) to amend or deleted core parts of its "plan for the modernization of media support" on the condition that journalists should follow the government's move to consolidate press rooms.

The Roh Moo-hyun administration has been pushing to restrict reporters' direct access to government officials as well as to reduce the number of press rooms in government offices, a controversial move that has been met with opposition from journalists.

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