Tuesday, September 23, 2008

[Hankyoreh, September 20 2008] [Editorial] Fight for press freedom at KBS continues

Approximately fifty career television producers held a protest at KBS yesterday to defend public broadcasting. They are individuals who joined KBS in the late eighties and are all now in positions of responsibility within the broadcasting company, and they called on younger journalists and producers to join the struggle. This confirms the gravity of the situation there.

These are the producers that worked to transform KBS from its image as a broadcaster that was biased towards the dictatorships, and would dutifully begin the news at the top of the hour with coverage of what President Chun Doo-hwan had done that day, to “the most trusted news media” that it has become today. They say they are taking action because they “believed there was common sense agreement” about what public broadcasting should be, but that “public broadcasting is about to be crumble because of capital and those in political power.”

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