Thursday, February 26, 2009
Media Bills Generate Controversy in National Assembly
The Joongang Daily today carried an article with the headline "Controversial Media Bills Advance" and a sub-head indicating that the T.V. unions were planning a general strike over the measures to ease rules on ownership. The controversy erupted again when the chairman of the National Assembly's Culture and Broadcasting Committee introduced the media bills at a committee session yesterday despite pleas from the opposition not to do so. The action takes the disputed bill one step closer to a final vote at the Assembly's main session. The media bills were sent to the committee almost six months ago. To protest the committee chairman's action the National Union of Media Workers said it would start a general strike at 6:00 A.M. today.