We are proud to note that The Korean Law Blog was cited by the Washington Post on an article discussing the Freedom of the Press in Korea. The article quoted our translation and comments on a landmark Supreme Court case on the issue of the freedom of speech in Korea.
The Washington Post article may be found at: In South Korea, journalists fear a government clampdown on the press.
The article notes, in part, that:
“In the 27 years since democracy arrived here, South Korea has become home to rowdy election campaigns, a vibrant protest culture and dozens of daily newspapers traversing the full political spectrum. It’s a place where people don’t have to be asked twice for their opinions.
But now, analysts and journalists are expressing concern that a central tenet of democracy — a free press — is under threat.
President Park Geun-hye’s administration has launched an aggressive crackdown on media outlets that run reports it considers unfavorable, leading to a raft of domestic defamation cases and one high-profile lawsuit against a conservative Japanese journalist.”
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Sean Hayes is co-chair of the Korea Practice Team at IPG Legal. He is the first non-Korean attorney to have worked for the Korean court system (Constitutional Court of Korea) and one of the first non-Koreans to be a regular member of a Korean law faculty. Sean is ranked, for Korea, as one of only two non-Korean lawyers as a Top Attorney by AsiaLaw.
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