Friday, October 26, 2007

[The Chosun Ilbo, October 25 2007] Why so Vague About Press Policies?

Of all the colorful policies and public pledges the presidential candidates put forward in the campaign for the December presidential election, those dealing with the freedom of the press and its environment are the sketchiest. Yet to rectify the abuses of the Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun administrations, during which they bashed, suppressed or hounded journalists and their employers, the candidates will have to do better than that.


Freedom of the press issue is an important concern for the government. The press is an indispensable tool for the public to know what is going on in the world and seek a way of engaging in dialogue with the world. The presidential candidates must say frankly what they think about press freedom and the press environment.

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