Monday, November 17, 2008

International Federation of Journalists to investigate media suppression

[Hankyoreh, October 16 2008]

Investigators would examine the mass firing of journalists at YTN, visit Cheong Wa Dae and interview National Assembly members

The Journalists’ Association of Korea is requesting that the International Federation of Journalists dispatch a team of investigators to examine the situation of media suppression by the Lee Myung-bak administration, including the mass firing of journalists at YTN. As the IFJ has also stated that it will send investigators if asked, it is anticipated that Korea’s media situation will rise as an area of interest in international society.

The JAK held an emergency meeting of the heads of chapters located in Seoul on October 15 with the participation of a delegation including JAK President Kim Kyung-ho and more than 10 Seoul chapter heads, deciding unanimously to make the request. Previously, IFJ President Jim Boumelha visited the JAK on October 7 and stated that the IFJ would send an investigative team if the JAK made a formal request.

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