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Respect for freedom of press

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By Park Moo-jong

The Republic of Korea shall be a democratic republic, so stipulates Article No. 1 of the Constitution.

In this democratic country, "All citizens shall enjoy freedom of speech and the press, and freedom of assembly and association. Licensing or censorship of speech and the press shall not be allowed," according to Article No. 21 of the supreme law

President Moon Jae-in "was" an ardent supporter of the freedom of the press as he wrote in his Facebook on the Day of Newspapers on April 7, 2017, during his presidential campaign.

The President started the article by quoting Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), a founding father of the United States who served as its third president from 1801-1809 and was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence: "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."

Moon said: "The freedom of the press of an era is a yardstick to gauge the level of a country's democracy. The very freedom of the press is realized by political power vowing not to control the press and suppression of greed, along with the efforts of journalists trying to keep the spirit of reasonable argument and writing in frank language."

The President had made the point exactly. But now, where has such........

© The Korea Times