December 02, 2022
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Yoon’s attacks on the press betray critical misread of what makes democracy work
Opinion

Yoon’s attacks on the press betray critical misread of what makes democracy work

Rooted in South Korea’s illberal past, Yoon and conservatives still view too much freedom as risky and destablizing

Yoon’s attacks on the press betray critical misread of what makes democracy work
Michael BreenMichael Breen December 2, 2022
Why conferences in Korea are (mostly) a waste of time and resources
Analysis

Why conferences in Korea are (mostly) a waste of time and resources

Overfocus on prestige signaling makes for pretty settings but little substance or real debate, experts say

Why conferences in Korea are (mostly) a waste of time and resources
Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll November 24, 2022
Drugs on Telegram put South Korea’s ‘drug-free’ reputation to the test
Analysis

Drugs on Telegram put South Korea’s ‘drug-free’ reputation to the test

Country needs a serious drug policy, but current measures ignore factors that likely drive Korean use of meth and opiods

Drugs on Telegram put South Korea’s ‘drug-free’ reputation to the test
Ifang BremerIfang Bremer November 2, 2022
The cost of South Korean media’s obsession with vows, promises and pledges
Analysis

The cost of South Korean media’s obsession with vows, promises and pledges

Uncritical amplification of political statements and press releases remains commonplace, crowding out original reporting

The cost of South Korean media’s obsession with vows, promises and pledges
Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll October 19, 2022
Yoon’s attempts to censor media call into question his fitness to govern
Opinion

Yoon’s attempts to censor media call into question his fitness to govern

If president wants to sell himself as a defender of democratic values, he must be willing to defend those values at home

Yoon’s attempts to censor media call into question his fitness to govern
Jumin LeeJumin Lee October 7, 2022
South Korea’s lack of minority protections jeopardizes its global reputation
Opinion

South Korea’s lack of minority protections jeopardizes its global reputation

Older men who dominate politics ignore equality and representation, even as Yoon tries to raise Korea’s global profile

South Korea’s lack of minority protections jeopardizes its global reputation
Jumin LeeJumin Lee August 10, 2022
South Korea pivots to the Middle East, selling both weapons and K-pop cool
Analysis

South Korea pivots to the Middle East, selling both weapons and K-pop cool

Saudi Arabia looks to Korea as it seeks to diversify away from oil, but human rights issues may limit cooperation

South Korea pivots to the Middle East, selling both weapons and K-pop cool
John LeeJohn Lee July 18, 2022
How South Korea’s exclusive press clubs undermine democracy
Analysis

How South Korea’s exclusive press clubs undermine democracy

Close ties between media and government inhibit hard-hitting reporting and compromise journalism's watchdog role

How South Korea’s exclusive press clubs undermine democracy
Sooyoung OhSooyoung Oh June 8, 2022
The difficulty of reporting in South Korea, where everything is ‘sensitive’
Analysis

The difficulty of reporting in South Korea, where everything is ‘sensitive’

Attributing facts to sources is one of the hardest tasks journalists in the country face

The difficulty of reporting in South Korea, where everything is ‘sensitive’
Raphael RashidRaphael Rashid May 20, 2022