Thursday, October 18, 2007

AsiaMedia :: Press eviction

AsiaMedia :: Press eviction: "Press eviction According to the Korea Herald, yesterday's final shutdown of old government pressrooms marks a bleak moment in Korea press history

The Korea Herald Friday,
October 12, 2007

Yesterday was a bleak day for press freedom in Korea. The government cut internet connections at press dispatch rooms in ministry buildings in an attempt to force reporters to move to the new integrated briefing centers located at the two government complexes in downtown Seoul and Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province. The main objection against the new integrated briefing centers and the Measures for Developing an Advanced Media Support System is that they restrict access to government officials, an important news source. The government's intent was clear to the press from the very moment the move was announced: to make it difficult for the press to do its job of keeping a watchful eye over the powers that be."

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