June 2013. Towards A Greater Vision. Monitoring the pattern and growth of South Korea’s media. Presented by: Oloruntobi “IBK” Jaiyeola SIS -645-E01L-E91L-2013XE International Communication & Cultural Policy Affiliation: American University Web: http:// southkoreaniccpolicy.wordpress.com.
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CJ Group one the largest conglomerate in South Korea, owns several cable TV channels under its subsidiary CJ Entertainment
Most newspapers in the country are controlled by industrial conglomerates, and are often critical of the government
The three newspapers with the widest circulations (ChosunIlbo, DongAIlbo and JoongAngIlbo) are privately owned. They have a circulation of two million people each
There are over 100 operating national newspapers including two English newspapers - The Korea Times and The Korea Herald.
The country has a very high internet usage. There were an estimated 40 million South Koreans online by the end of 2011 (BBC 2012).
Micro blogging and social networking sites are very popular
December, 2010: the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) announced internet content monitoring policy… which would automatically delete any online anti-governmental message
Under the administration of Lee Myung-bak
PRESS FREEDOM SCORE
There have been several forms of restrictions under Myung-bak, causing Korea’s press freedom status to drop due to the government’s attempts to censor and restrict content.
In 2007: Some bloggers were censored, arrested, and their posts deleted by police for expressing criticism of, or support for, given presidential candidates
Despite plurality of media, the governments restrictions and manipulation of media laws, do not reflect the true freedom of press of a democracy – uncanny resemblance to its authoritarian regime
Because of social and cultural infrastructures like MediACT
MediACT is part of the digital revolution and was a victim of Lee Myung-bak’s policies in 2010 facing a shut down
Lee Myung-bak may be out of office, but the policies are not, and the mediascape and culture sector in South Korea runs the risk of creative suppression
Let us make South Korea a true democracy