Korea’s Court Upholds New Media Bills

A quick scan of The Korea Times on Friday brought some related stories to my attention. South Korea’s Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that the package of highly controversial media reform bills that passed Parliament this summer are valid. The Times quoted the Yonhap News Agency’s report that the reform bills “eliminate ownership restrictions in … Continue reading

A Response from Senator Sessions

I’m still keeping up with the progress back home of the proposed federal shield law for journalists. In a previous post, I included my letter to U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, who is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. I’m from Alabama, by the way, which is why I wrote to him. I … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading