'저는 그들의 땅을 지키기 위하여 싸웠던 인디안들의 이야기를 기억합니다. 백인들이 그들의 신성한 숲에 도로를 만들기 위하여 나무들을 잘랐습니다. 매일밤 인디안들이 나가서 백인들이 만든 그 길을 해체하면 그 다음 날 백인들이 와서 도로를 다시 짓곤 했습니다. 한동안 그 것이 반복되었습니다. 그러던 어느날, 숲에서 가장 큰 나무가 백인들이 일할 동안 그들 머리 위로 떨어져 말과 마차들을 파괴하고 그들 중 몇몇을 죽였습니다. 그러자 백인들은 떠났고 결코 다시 오지 않았습니다….' (브루스 개그논)





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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Petition: Media and democracy in South Korea: Save Mediact

* Image source: Hankyoreh
"Kim Dong-won (right), then president of the Association of Korean Independent Film & Video, stands with members of Mediact, Kim Myong-joon, the president of Mediact, and Yu Kil-chon, then president of Korean Film Council (center) and a representative from the Culture Ministry to cut the ceremonial red ribbon officially opening Mediact in Gwangwhamun, Seoul, May 9, 2002.
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Update:
http://nobasestorieskorea.blogspot.com/2010/02/text-fwd-seoul-protest-against-removal.html
Korea Times
02-03-2010 19:41
Is Media Center Taking Conservative Tone?

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* Petition informed by Makiko SATO on Jan. 31, 2010

“ A Japanese group for laborers called the Labor Net is asking for petitions for the Korean Media 'MediAct '
http://www.gopetition.com/online/33662.html (English)
http://vpress.la.coocan.jp/mediact.html (Japanese)
http://www.labornetjp.org/Campaign/2010/savemediact

In Tokyo tomorrow, there is an urgent meeting for supporting MediAct.”

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For Sign for Petition, go to HERE

Published by mediact solidarity on Jan 26, 2010

Category: Human Rights
Region: South Korea
Target: KOFIC & South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Web site: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=273091817582


Background (Preamble):

The world has watched as South Korea has moved from dictatorship toward democracy, over the last half a century at great cost. However, democracy, including incredible advances made in the culture and media sectors, has suffered serious damage in South Korea under the Lee Myung-bak regime. This damage has been inflected by way of unilateral passage of new media and news laws, the Grand National Party's (GNP) and conservative newspapers' attempt to take-over of public broadcasting and the evening news in particular, and the replacement of major broadcasting networks' executives with pro-government figure. Furthermore, a principle of checks-and-balances among the executive, the legislative, and the judicial branches of the government has been repeatedly violated and weakened the legitimacy of democratic governance.

South Korea in the past two years has been witness to the use of the Public Prosecutor's Office to detain and question journalists critical of the government, infringing on the professional autonomy of rank-and-file reporters and threatening the development of a free and independent press. In addition, the National Tax Service has been used to mobilize politically-motivated institutional audits, while various ministries have been involved in the revocation of NGO licenses and contracts, forced personnel changes, budget cuts, imposition of a real name registration system, pressing of charges of national security violations, and investigations into family members of media movement activists and cultural sector leaders that have been classified as "Born in the Time of DJ (Kim Dae-jung), and Raised by Roh Moo-hyun."

During the past year there have been several forced resignations and/or illegal firings, many of which the Seoul Administrative Court has determined have been illegal but not reversible. While the list is extensive and include the massive personnel and budget cuts at both South Korea's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the NHRCK that violates the latter's autonomy outlined and protected under Article 10 of the Constitution, notable incidents include:

* Arts Council Korea (ARKO) Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Kim Jung-heun
* National Museum of Contemporary Art Director Kim Yoon-soo
* Korean National University of Arts President Hwang Ji-woo
* KBS President Jung Yun-joo
* KBS Director Shin Tae-seop
* National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) Chairperson Ahn Kyung-whan

There have also been:
* many resignations made under political protest of four MBC Board of Directors members and media personality Kim Je-dong
* the parachute appointment of the YTN president
* the defunding of Migrant Worker TV
* the defunding of the Seoul Human Rights Film Festival hosted by Sarangbang
* defunding of RTV (national public access satellite cable channel/ a must-carry channel that launched in 2007)
* an attack on Article 38 of the Broadcast Law stipulating that funds are to be used for supporting viewer-produced programs and providing broadcast access to those otherwise excluded from the mainstream
* shut-down of Indie-Space

These and numerous other instances that suggest consequences of a democracy that is taking backward steps in South Korea have been drawing international attention, including from:

* Experts serving on the United Nations (UN) Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
* Reporters without Borders (Reporters sans frontieres, RSF) (According to its 2009 World Press Freedom index, South Korea has dropped 30 places in the past year under President Lee)
* Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
* Amnesty International
* International Coordinating Committee (ICC) of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection Human Rights
* Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions
* Asia Human Rights Commission & a Statement From Professors In North America Concerned About Korean Democracy.

In addition to calls being made to KOFIC at (02)958-7521 or 02-9587-526 and emails being sent to snowmt@kofic.or.kr ...

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Petition:

We now join those concerned over the regression of democracy in South Korea that has now taken the form of an attack on Mediact, South Korea’s first public media center that has since its founding represented South Korea internationally as a leader in communication rights and democracy, media literacy, intellectual property rights, and public interest media.

Since 2002, Mediact has stewarded a contract to support independent film and video makers, media policy development, lifelong media education and public access. For seven years, it has provided an infrastructure focusing on the potential of creating a public media sector based on both shifting technological possibilities of access to the media and ongoing political democratization processes taking place in South Korea.

Mediact’s facilities are funded by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), what is supposed to be an autonomous organization funded by the central government to promote Korean cinema within the country and overseas, and an independent activist organization managed by the Association of Korean Independent Film & Video (KIFV). We are highly alarmed by the new KOFIC Chairman's recent decision to dismantle Mediact and force its staff to resign as of February 1.

As Mediact’s counterparts in the international community, we have been long inspired by Mediact’s visionary leadership in the areas of media policy, media education, media production and communication rights. We, the undersigned, urge the government of President Lee Myung-bak to recognize its responsibility for the democracy that has regressed and reorient itself as a government that respects the people's sovereignty and South Korea's continued leadership in media and communication rights. We ask KOFIC together with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to reverse this decision immediately.

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* Related article

http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_entertainment/357960.html
[Interview] Mediact, S. Korea’s first media center turns 7:
Japan, U.S. closely watch changes occurring within S. Korea’s media landscape as organization enters 8th year
Posted on : Jun.1,2009 12:52 KST
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* Related blogs

http://nobasestorieskorea.blogspot.com/2009/11/text-fwd-cescr-draws-grim-picture-of.html
Friday, November 13, 2009
Text Fwd: CESCR draws a grim picture of human rights in South Korea

http://nobasestorieskorea.blogspot.com/2009/09/text-fwd-dsc-agent-caught-keeping.html
Friday, September 18, 2009
Text Fwd: DSC agent caught keeping surveillance over arts organization in Japan

http://nobasestorieskorea.blogspot.com/2009/07/text-fwd-analysis-broadcasting-law.html
Friday, July 24, 2009
Text Fwd: [Analysis] Broadcasting Law revision might force MBC to privatize

http://nobasestorieskorea.blogspot.com/2009/07/text-fwd-media-workers-stage-general.html
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Text Fwd: Media workers stage general strike to prevent Broadcasting Law revision

http://nobasestorieskorea.blogspot.com/2009/05/text-fwd.html
Friday, May 22, 2009
Text Fwd: Government announces a ban on assemblies in Seoul

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