Saturday, October 13, 2007

[The Chosun Ilbo, October 12 2007] Gov't Cuts Off Reporters' Internet Access

The Government Information Agency on Thursday started shutting up the pressrooms in major government buildings, cutting off all Internet connections at the government complexes in Sejongro, Seoul and in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province. It also cut off both Internet and telephone connections in the pressroom at the Ministry of Construction and Transportation in Gwacheon.

But most journalists on the government beat insist they will not move into a new integrated briefing center they say was established as part of a government attempt to muzzle the press, and showed up at the old pressrooms. But they found it difficult to file stories because they had to use normal phone lines with slow Internet connections.

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