Thursday, February 07, 2008

[The Hankyoreh, January 18 2008] Same concept, different word

When current President Roh Moo-hyun’s people wanted to put the Broadcasting Commission under the Office of the President, they were accused of attempting to hurt the independence of the media.

Now, incoming President-elect Lee Myung-bak, a man surrounded by some of those who participated in the criticism, want to put the National Human Rights Commission and a new Broadcasting and Communications Commission under the Office of the President.

When someone else tries to do what you want to do, it’s “hurting media independence.” When you get to do what you want, it’s about being “efficient.”

Lee’s presidential transition team says putting these two commissions directly under the control of the president would make them more efficient.

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