Friday, March 28, 2008

[The Chosun Ilbo, February 19 2008] Int'l Journalists Group Condemns Roh's Press Policy

Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a Paris-based international non-governmental organization that advocates freedom of the press, criticized the Roh Moo-hyun administration's so-called "advanced media support system" in a recent report.

RSF last Wednesday released its annual evaluation of press freedoms in 98 countries around the world.

On the press situation in Korea, the report said, "The (Roh) administration in May 2007 adopted new rules entitled 'Measures to develop a modern system of media support' which meant the closure of most press rooms within public buildings in the capital Seoul. New rooms were built but they no longer allowed journalists free access to ministries and major administrations as had been the case previously."

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