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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

South Korean Press Losing Rights

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(Hat Tip: One Free Korea)

The freedom of the press in South Korea shrank in 2004 due to new press laws, a journalists organization said Friday. "The country's press freedom index last year stood at 54.6 out of 100, down from the previous year's 60," said a report by the Korea Journalists Club, a group of retired journalists.

First it was Canada, now it seems like South Korea has joined the group of democracies banning freedom of speech...or rather against the government. With laws passed in 2004 drastically limiting the scope or ability of journalists to criticize the government, it will be up to the bloggers (such as NK Zone and One Free Korea) to deliver "open" news.

President Roh Moo-hyun maintained a negative attitude to traditionally conservative papers like the DongA and Chosun Ilbo, which was directly linked to a "closed press policy of the incumbent administration," the report added.

If Korea wants to end up like Nepal (press wise) then all they have to do is nothing. It is up to the citizens to stand up for their freedoms, and if they can mass large crowds showing their hatred of America surely they could demonstrate their desire for a voice unhindered by government legislation. The power is in their hands and unless they act, little sympathy will be given towards them when they are forced to be silent because they refused to seize upon the opportunity before them.

So South Korea, do you want freedom or not?

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