Wednesday, January 23, 2008

AsiaMedia :: KOREA: Media checks leak damages Lee team

AsiaMedia :: KOREA: Media checks leak damages Lee team: "The press continues to criticize President-elect Lee, considers his reaction to compilation of media personnel backgrounds not contrite enough

The Korea Herald
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
By Kim Ji-hyun

President-elect Lee Myung-bak's transition team is facing mounting public backlash over critical information leaks that are threatening to tarnish the incoming government's image.
The transition committee is scrambling to soothe the press over an impromptu reference check on executives at the nation's top 10 vernacular dailies.

The president-elect has expressed his regret and called for the committee member who compiled the information to be severely punished. But the criticism does not appear to be dying down, especially since this particular incident recalls past military and even post-military administrations that often categorized the press into pro and antigovernment.

Lee was also not as apologetic as the press expected, calling the incident a 'blemish.'
Yesterday, the committee member who compiled the sensitive data acknowledged that his behavior was not based on sound judgment. He was a Culture Ministry director who was temporarily dispatched to the transition committee.

He said the document was innocuous as he only meant to use them to 'get to know the executives before actually meeting them.'"

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