Thursday, June 26, 2008

[The Hankyoreh, June 25 2008] [Editorial] Universities need a stronger stand against broadcast control

Dong-eui University’s board of trustees has fired one of its professors, Sin Tae-seop, someone who has worked to oppose the dismissal of KBS President Jung Yun-joo. The biting teeth of power in the pursuit of control of broadcasting are scary indeed.

In firing Sin, the university cited three reasons, one of which was that he was a member of the KBS board without the university president’s permission. This is enough to make a cow laugh. Sin was appointed to the board of KBS a year and a half ago. The university made no issue of that fact during all that time. Then President Lee Myung-bak took office and the pressure on Jung to resign from KBS began, at which point the university suddenly told Sin to resign from his position on the KBS board. It threatened him, saying he would be disciplined if he didn’t resign from the board. Is this how a university pursues conscience and truth?

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