Communications rights under attack in South Korea

Reclaim the Media:

Communications rights and freedom of expression are under attack in South Korea, as Lee Myung-bak's New Right government takes disturbing steps to shut down independent media, and to defund media, arts, and cultural organizations across the country. The latest blow is an attack on the internationally-respected public media center MediAct, which has played a key part in the democratization of Korea's media system, trained thousands of people in media production, and developed many successful media policy proposals to open up Korea's mediascape to diverse voices. Recognized as an international leader in the communications rights movement, MediAct cofounder Myoung-Joon Kim (shown) is one of Reclaim the Media's Media Heroes.

Please take action now to express international support for MediAct. Join the Facebook group for updates.

MediAct in Korea has long played a vital role to support alternative and independent film and video production, a critical citizens media monitoring movement, and an independent, democratic trade union movement since the late 1980s wave of democracy movement in Korea. They have also collaborated with many of us around the world.

However, in the past two years, the mediascape and culture sector in South Korea has undergone some drastic changes under the Lee Myung-bak regime/New Right that has taken power as of 2008.

Now MediAct is facing the crisis of a shut down with the massive and politically motivated budget cutting by Korean government. Thus, we need international voices to condemn the Korean government's attack against the independent media environment in Korea.

1) Sign the petition: Media and democracy in South Korea: Save Mediact

2) For updates, join the Facebook group: ACT NOW to save MediAct & Independent Media in Korea!

3) Call KOFIC's Chairman Cho, Hee Moon 82-2-958-7521
or email: mentor21@kofic.or.kr
cc: snowmt@kofic.or.kr

More info:

Mediact website: www.mediact.org

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article originally published at Reclaim the Media.

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