Global Press Body Urges Korea to Scrap Media Gag Law

  • By Shin Dong-heun

    September 24, 2021 13:38

    The International Press Institute passed a resolution at its recent congress urging Korea to scrap a new media law that it fears will discourage critical reporting.

    In the resolution released on Sept. 17, the closing day of its congress in Vienna, the IPI expressed deep concerns about countries suppressing a free press such as Belarus, China, Hungary, Pakistan, and Turkey as well as Korea.

    "IPI members also expressed grave concern over several new legal and regulatory measures that would hamper independent journalism. These include [Korea's] proposed 'fake news' law, which would open media up to being sued for punitive damages for allegedly false reports," the resolution reads. "IPI calls for [the bill] to be withdrawn."

    IPI Deputy Director Scott Griffen already warned last month, "In introducing severe punishments based on highly vague concepts, this proposed law poses a clear threat to press freedom… Moreover, the uncertainty attached to the concepts of 'fake news' creates an obvious risk of self-censorship in the press." 

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