Saturday, March 29, 2008

[The Chosun Ilbo, March 10 2008] Editors Publish White Paper on Press Controls

The Korea News Editors Association published a white paper on the Roh Moo-hyun administration’s draconian press regulations. The paper is a detailed compilation of the Roh government's on such issues as restriction of journalists' access to government offices right after his inauguration in 2003 and his closure of press rooms at government agencies as part of the so-called "advanced media support system" in May 2007.

The white paper includes major newspaper editorials, statements by press and civic groups, and commentary by political parties. It also contains the texts of the press regulations.

KNEA chairman Byun Yong-shik said the association was publishing the paper “to show vividly who attempted to trample the press underfoot and how journalists fought back. We must show clearly that anyone who attempts to suppress the press will have to pay dearly."

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