Media Reform Bills Still an Issue

The South Korean Parliament began its regular 100-day session September 1st, and The Korea Herald reports that it’s off to “a rocky start.” The country’s media reform bills, which remain highly controversial, were approved earlier this summer.

The main opposition Democratic Party, which utterly despises the media reforms, walked out of the opening ceremony. According to TKH, some DP lawmakers even held picket signs that read “Vicious media laws must be completely nullified.”
The Grand National Party approved the legislation, which loosened ownership restrictions on Korea’s media giants. The Democratic Party sees this as a tool to consolidate media power and limit the free flow of ideas.
The DP filed a suit against the changes, and Korea’s Constitutional Court is currently reviewing the law.
In a related story that I missed when it was first published in July, the head of Korea’s National Union of Media Workers was arrested for organizing a media workers strike against the media reform bills. But a local court ruled that he would not have to be detained during an investigation.

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