Friday, May 16, 2008

[The Chosun Ilbo, May 2 2008] Things Looking Up for Press in Korea: IPI

The International Press Institute in a statement Thursday welcomed President Lee Myung-bak's press policy, which seems set on reversing five years of hostility to the news media. The IPI is a global organization of media executives, leading journalists, editors and reporters in over 120 countries.

It welcomes "President Lee Myung-bak’s recently-voiced promise to embrace a 'press-friendly policy'" and invites him “to go further by implementing much-needed legal reforms in South Korea."

"Since its inauguration in February 2008, President Lee Myung-bak’s administration has instituted several positive changes in the country’s media environment,” it says. "For example, press dispatch rooms closed during the previous administration have been reopened during the past two months.”

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