Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Controversy over the Korean government’s control of the press

On the 10th, the presidential office criticized Yoon Suk Yeol’s refusal to allow MBC reporters to board a presidential plane during his trip to Southeast Asia as a suppression of the media.
The opposition party’s claim to retaliate against President Yoon’s recent visit to the U.S. is said to be “taming the media” because he first reported the “controversy over slang” during his overseas trip. The controversy over President Yoon Suk Yeol’s “XX like this” started from the president’s mouth, not from anyone else.

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“If there is a fault of the media that reported it, it is only that it has fulfilled its original role in reporting the facts without addition or addition.”

According to the logic of the presidential office, it is to be censored by the regime for media coverage in the future, but it cannot happen in a democratic country.

“In addition, media groups issued an emergency condemnation statement and protested against the presidential office’s refusal to allow MBC reporters to board a presidential plane during President Yoon Suk Yeol’s first trip to Southeast Asia.

“President Yoon Suk Yeol’s refusal to restrict coverage and board a private plane due to power criticism is an unprecedented press crackdown and a clear challenge to freedom of speech,” the Korea Journalists Association, the National Press Union, and the Korea Film Journalists Association said on the 10th.

Media groups pointed out, “The presidential office’s move can only be seen as a poor political attack to blame the media for their incompetence and mismanagement, including the president’s scandal over his overseas trip and irresponsible response to the tragedy in Itaewon.”

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“The presidential plane is operated with taxpayers’ money, and each media company pays for the coverage at its own expense.

The media coverage and surveillance of the public responsibility of the president is the basis of democracy, he said.

“I can’t help but be surprised at the anachronistic perception of the president’s office, which mistook boarding a presidential plane as benefiting the use of private property by private Yoon Suk Yeols.”

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The media and the central government, especially in a presidential-centered country like South Korea, are enough to be seen as an intention to control or suppress the media.China is still a Communist Party, and it has a history of consolidating media and broadcasting when the military regime took power in the past, but Korea is currently a leading state in digital IT and a country equivalent to the G7.

Otherwise, the new government is experiencing a number of difficulties

TED PARK

ASIA JOURNAL

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