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Reporter : Nam Hyun-woo
Wed, December 7, 2022 | 22:23
Korean politics still struggling to find balanced tension with press
President Yoon Suk-yeol is struggling with setting a balance in his tense relationship with the press. He is trying to style himself as a president encouraging reporters' role of monitoring and checking his power, but at the same time he invites controversy by introducing unpredictable measures to dispel what he believes to be “fake news.” During the first six months of his p...
Presidential office's ban of MBC reporters from presidential jet stirs debate
The presidential office on Thursday banned MBC reporters from boarding the presidential jet during Yoon's visit to Southeast Asia. This decision came approximately two months after the broadcaster ― together with other domestic and international media ― reported that Yoon had been caught on camera using a profanity when speaking about U.S. President Biden and the U.S. Congres...
Main opposition apologizes for quoting EU envoy out of context
European Union Ambassador to South Korea Maria Castillo-Fernandez, right, speaks during a meeting with Democratic Party of Korea Chairman Lee Jae-myung at the National Assembly on Yeouido, Seoul, Tuesday. Joint Press Corps By Nam Hyun-wooThe main opposition ...
Yoon under pressure to sack interior minister, police chief over Itaewon disaster
The main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) ratcheted up pressure on the presidential office during a National Assembly audit of the office, Tuesday, to replace Cabinet members, including the interior and safety minister, and ranking police officers for their inadequate response to the Itaewon crowd crush. However, presidential Chief of Staff Kim Dae-ki responded by s...
President vows police reforms over Itaewon tragedy
President Yoon Suk-yeol promised Monday to reprimand those who are responsible for the Itaewon crowd crush and overhaul the police's risk management and response system. He also made a formal apology as the president who is in charge of the public's safety. “To protect the people's safety, a sweeping overhaul is required for police services related to risk management and acci...
Funeral services conducted for 17 out of 26 foreign Itaewon crowd crush victims
Funeral services for 17 out of 26 foreign victims who died in the Itaewon crowd crush have been conducted as of Sunday. The deadly incident killed 156 people who were enjoying the Halloween festivities in the bustling nightlife district on Oct. 29. Four foreign nationals are currently receiving medical treatment, according to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures He...
Pressure weighs on Yoon over accountability in Itaewon tragedy
With the weeklong national mourning period for victims of the Itaewon crowd crush last weekend over on Nov. 5, attention is now on how President Yoon Suk-yeol will deal with political pressure from growing criticism of the government's poor handling of the tragic incident that killed 156 people. Over the past week, Yoon and his administration focused on mourning the deaths of...
Chances growing for Yoon, Kishida summit
Speculations of a Korea-Japan summit have erupted ahead of two major multilateral summits to be held later in November, following an increase of political interaction between officials of the two countries. President Yoon Suk-yeol and Taro Aso, vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan had a close-door meeting on Tuesday. Aso, as the head of a Japan...
Police blasted for poor response to Halloween tragedy
Criticism of the police and Commissioner General Yoon Hee-keun is intensifying as records and internal documents point to their lack of response to Saturday's Itaewon crowd crush. During a party meeting, Wednesday, ruling People Power Party interim leader Chung Jin-suk said that the truth should be revealed as to why police failed to take appropriate measures to prevent the d...
'US stands with Korea to overcome tragic times,' says ambassador
U.S. ambassador to South Korea Philip Goldberg said Tuesday that Washington will stand with Seoul to overcome the tragedy of the Itaewon crowd crush last weekend, adding that deep and close relations between the two countries' peoples can be a source of comfort. Goldberg made the remarks during separate meetings with the heads of South Korea's rival parties.
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