Historical Contexts of the Korean Press

  • Miri Moon


As South Korea experienced a war, the consequent division and political turmoil, the Korean media had to transform accordingly. Hence, this chapter seeks to provide the foundations of the sociopolitical and historical upheavals that have affected the Korean media and the severe restraints and censorship that existed prior to Korea becoming a stabilized liberal democratic country in 1987. This inquiry helps us understand the dynamics of the intermediation between the traditional media and the alternative media and the role of the new media in Korean society. Hence, through an understanding of Korea’s sociopolitical context, this chapter explores journalistic challenges and provides context for the reporting of issues related to North Korea. First, this chapter begins with the Korean media’s manifestations in the historical context of Korea since the beginning of the Korean War in 1950.


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  • Miri Moon
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  1. 1.Sookmyung Women’s UniversitySeoul, Soul-t’ukpyolsiKorea (Republic of)

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