Protesting pro-government media monopoly
Posted on : Jan.19,2011 13:40 KST
Representatives from more than 200 civic and social organizations hold a news conference to protest the Korea Communications Commission’s (KCC) decision that give the three major pro-administration newspapers, Chosun Ilbo, JoongAng Ilbo and Dong-A Ilbo, ChoJoongDong, and leading business newspaper Maeil Economic Daily, the rights to operate comprehensive programming cable channels at the Franciscan Education Center on Tuesday.
They said in a statement that the KCC has made efforts to give an array of additional favors to ensure the ChoJoongDong broadcasters’ survival, including allocation of single-digit channel numbers, so-called golden channels, and approval of advertisements for hospitals and special medicine. They demanded the KCC’s withdrawal of its decision on comprehensive programming cable channels, saying, “We will call for a National Assembly investigation and hearings on the biased, unfair and preferential selection of new broadcasters.”
(Photo by Shin So-young, Story by Lee Moon-young)