Thursday, June 07, 2007
Thursday, March 23, 2006
By Ryu Jin
Having spent three years in the cloistered Chong Wa Dae, President Roh Moo-hyun's peculiar infatuation with the so-called cyber politics shows no sign of dying down anytime soon.
Roh held an Internet forum with the people at the presidential office on Thursday. Co-hosted by five major portal sites of the country, the forum was first arranged as an event to mark the third anniversary of Roh’s inauguration on Feb. 25. The five were Daum Communications, Empas, Nate.com, Paran and Yahoo! Korea."
Sunday, May 7, 2006
By Jung Sung-ki
As campaigns for the May 31 local elections move into high gear, the governing and opposition parties are seeking ways to make the best of online campaigns to reach young voters.
Beginning May 18, the parties will begin online and offline election campaigns. Under the revised Election law passed last year, parties can advertise their candidates or election pledges on Internet portal sites.
The governing party decided last week to launch online advertising for the party's 16 mayoral, gubernatorial hopefuls on popular portal sites, such as 'Naver' and 'Daum.'"
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
By Kae Yun-ah
The 2002 presidential election demonstrated the enormous impact the internet can have on politics. Nosamo, the fan group for President Roh Moo-hyun, used both the internet and text messages to boost his popularity during the campaign, helping him win the presidency."
Monday, January 29, 2007
By Hwang Si-young
The rapid growth in user created content or UCC will likely have sizable impact on this year's presidential election, in much the same manner as the internet took a political role in the 2002 presidential election campaign.
Free video sharing websites such as Pandora TV (www.pandora.tv) -- that are profiting by allowing users to upload, view and share video clips -- are now introducing more and more video clips of presidential hopefuls. The UCC buzz is also resonating at Naver, Daum and Yahoo Korea."
Saturday, February 3, 2007
By Hwang Si-young
Pandora TV, a free video-sharing website, yesterday suggested applying 'reference rights' to video clips of less than five minutes in an effort to stave off copyright problems involving broadcasters.
An official at Pandora TV yesterday said the company has submitted a written statement to the National Internet Promotion Agency of Korea and the three national broadcasters -- KBS, MBC and SBS -- asking them to guarantee Web users the right to 'freely edit' a certain part of a TV program, be it news, documentary, drama or entertainment."
The Korea Times
Monday, May 22, 2007
By Kim Tae-gyu
A majority of Korean Web surfers have created their own materials to be uploaded on the Internet, dubbed user-created content (UCC), according to a recent government survey."
Saturday, April 22, 2007
By Bae Ji-sook
The Virginia Tech tragedy swept the online world last week as Cho Seung-hui, the shooter of the massacre, topped the nation's No. 1 search engine Naver's most searched word list.
Cho, who reportedly committed the crime out of anger toward the rich and the unfairness of the world, killed 32 innocent students and professors attending early morning classes.
His 'vengeance' shocked the world and thousands of people debated over whether possession of a private weapon should be allowed."
The Korea Times
Sunday, May 6, 2007
By Park Chung-a
Celebrity anchor Park Ji-yoon topped the country's No. 1 search engine Naver's 'Most Searched Word List,' due to her private photos with her boyfriend being posted onto the Internet by anonymous users.
The photographs were originally posted on her boyfriend and anchor Choi Dong-sok’s personal blog in private, not open to others. Choi took the ninth place on the list."
"Seoul Central District Court's ruling says Internet portals are responsible for monitoring the content of news stories featured on their sites
The Korea Herald
Monday, May 21, 2007
By Hwang Si-young
Internet portals such as Naver and Daum will be held more responsible for posting news on their own sites following the Seoul Central District Court's ruling against portal operators over bad, slanderous or obscene postings last Friday.
The court ruled in favor of a person, surnamed Kim, who sued four domestic portals on libel charges since the portals randomly carried articles saying he was to blame for his girlfriend's suicide. Four domestic portals were each ordered to pay 16 million won ($17,000) to Kim."
"The Sunple movement, led by educators, lawyers, and TV celebrities, promotes positive messages on Internet bulletin boards
The Korea Herald
Thursday, May 24, 2007
By Jeong Hyeon-ji
Educators, lawyers and TV celebrities yesterday launched a campaign to clean up online message boards.
The Sunple Movement, spearheaded by professor Min Byoung-chul of Chung-ang University, will promote the posting of positive messages on internet bulletin boards and aims to protect victims of cyber bullying and abuse."
"Opposing Grand National Party and the conservative Lawyers for Citizens will file a petition against Roh's decision to close most press rooms"
"GNP says Roh's policy is a reminder of former President Chun Doo-hwan's strict media policy"
"Press rules draw fire from media, political parties
Media groups, ministry officials and presidential potentials denounce Roh's measure to close press rooms"
"KOREA: GNP vows to block new press rules
Grand National Party pledges to nullify Roh's press-room policy and abolish the Government Information Agency"
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"Confessions of a Naver Junkie
The Korea Times has been running a three-part series on Naver.com, the Korean portal site that's so influential that it's sometimes been called the 'Republic of Naver.' As its influence grows, so do its detractors --- today's Korea Times piece discusses the 'dark side' of Naver and calls for the portal site to open up and exercise more social responsibility. A confession.
I'm a Naver.com junkie."
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
South Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon won the best actress award at the Cannes film festival Sunday for her role in "Secret Sunshine" depicting a woman struggling to rearrange her life after the tragic deaths of her husband and only son.
(1) This is when there is hostility. President Roh and the head of the Government Information Agency are at odds with the conservative media, which accuse him of attacking press freedoms with his new plan to restructure the media system of contact with the government.
(2) This is when things are all good and dandy. The conservative media could not be more pleased with the text of the free trade agreement with the United States soon to be up for ratification by Korea’s National Assembly.
Will the era of liberal social criticism come again?
With social literary review magazines, which have disappeared over the past three or four years, being revived one by one, progressive writers have again come onto the scene. Observers said such a situation was due to a need felt within society to analyze and explain social changes, including the rise of neo-liberalism and informatization.
President Roh Moo-hyun tells the media to "Get this all down," as he approves the measures to consolidate 40 press rooms in government agencies into three in the pretext of reforming government-press relations.
But the Government Information Agency, in charge of the measures and also the mike President Roh holds in his hand, has had its line cut, as voices opposing the measures came from nearly all political circles, including the pro-government Uri Party as well as most civic activist groups as well as journalists, who see it as an effort to repress freedom of speech. In particular, members of the main opposition Grand National Party have threatened to legislate this agency out of existence.
Hollywood films are sweeping the Korean cinema scene as domestic movies are losing their audience pull after a surprise boom last year.
The cabinet met yesterday with president Roh Moo-hyun present, and approved the "Scheme to Elevate the News Coverage Support System." All the criticism and suggestions by the media, academics, and media watch groups were written off as "trying to justify the practices of old." Roh’s government is pushing to have its own way, despite the fact even media reform groups like the National Union of Media Workers and the Citizens Coalition for Democratic Media are expressing concern. This forces one to ask just what the government thinks the media is.
Universal Studios said Tuesday it plans to open a theme park in South Korea by 2012 as part of its efforts to expand in the country's growing theme park industry.
In a rare move, South Korean presidential hopefuls spoke with one voice Tuesday in criticizing President Roh Moo-hyun for pushing to drastically slash the number of press rooms to reform the media circle. In a Cabinet Council meeting earlier Tuesday, President Roh approved a plan to shut down 40 press rooms installed in government offices throughout the country and reconsolidate them into three integrated ones at main government complexes. Roh's government says the plan is part of efforts to put an end to outdated reporting practices and introduce advanced systems, but critics argue that it will only result in restricting the freedom of press.
President Roh Moo-hyun, hiding behind a new curtain of secrecy at the Blue House press room, presents reporters there with his idea of "media reform," which includes restricting the ability of the media keep watch and cover government activity and getting rid of similar press rooms in government buildings.
A majority of Korean readers picked up books that they believe could help make money and improve their ability regarding jobs and social life.
The government is due to endorse a plan on May 22 to consolidate about 40 pressrooms at government agencies into three and to prohibit journalists from access to offices of government agencies or police stations.
Starting July, the government is scheduled to apply the plan, called a ‘plan for the modernization of media support,’ after a trial period. Under the plan, there would be only one pressroom each to cover the three major government complexes in Gwanghwamun, downtown Seoul; Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province; and Daejeon.