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Criticism for new media policies
AFAR
3/25/2003

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Two weeks ago, the South Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT) led by Lee Chang-dong implemented a new media policy called the PR Task Operation Plan. From the start, it received much criticism from media reporters who began to be refused news materials by public officials.

When asked to explain why it had refused to confirm facts to a media reporter about a collection of literature, The Korean Culture and Arts Foundation (KCAF), a subset of the MCT, said that it must provide data to all media outlets simultaneously to ensure impartiality.

Some concerned insiders believe that if the KCAF continues to enforce this new plan, the South Korean media will become standardized, losing its element to criticize the administration, and leading to counter methods to retrieve important information that only isolate the people more.


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