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In defense of freedom

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22.03.2019
By Donald Kirk

President Moon Jae-in almost accidentally stepped into a battle that did not have to happen with journalists for foreign news organizations.

The ruckus was all about a Korean reporter for Bloomberg who wrote in September that Moon sounded like a spokesman for Kim Jong-un by singing the praises of the North Korean leader in a talk at the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

So what? People say worse things every day about Moon and those around him. People also say worse about the people who say worse things about Moon. In this political climate, in which Moon is pursuing a controversial policy of reconciliation, snide remarks from one side to the other and back again are to be expected.

Moon's advocates may say how unfair, unhelpful is any criticism against him. The Bloomberg barb was not altogether unreasonable, however, considering that another Moon, Moon Chung-in, the President's loquacious foreign policy adviser, sounded a bit as if he too were taking Kim Jong-un's viewpoint in a talk at which he was besieged by questions from Korean journalists seated on either side of him.

Moon Chung-in had just........

© The Korea Times