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Journalism History

Korea

Sae-Eun Kim

ABSTRACT

Journalism in Korea has ancient roots in Confucian political ideas. Its modern version is tied to the Japanese colonial period and the US occupation in the mid-twentieth century. In post-independence South Korea, journalism's development has been influenced by its place within the military government and the limitations on freedom of the press that followed. In recent years, a handful of news organizations have dominated mainstream journalism. But strong political and social movements, along with the emergence of digital media and the Internet, have destabilized the journalism system. Korea's journalism is at a crossroads. Despite Korea's particular situation of national division and the authoritarianism of the government, it can be overcome by being faithful to journalistic norms and principles.

Journalism in Korea has ancient roots. Its modern version is tied to the Japanese colonial period and the US occupation in the mid-twentieth century. In post-independence South Korea, journalism's development has been influenced by its place within the military government and the limitations on freedom of the press that followed. In recent years, a handful of news organizations have dominated mainstream journalism. But strong political and social movements, along with the emergence of digital media and the Internet, have destabilized the journalism system.

Genealogy of Korean Journalism

Confucian political ideas in the Joseon dynasty (1392–1897) ...

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