• Short Summary

    Visnews recently filmed Seoul, South Korea, as the last editions of the Roman Catholic daily newspaper Kyunghyang Shinmoon came off the presses before the Syngman Rhee Government's decree to close down the paper came into effect.

  • Description

    Visnews recently filmed Seoul, South Korea, as the last editions of the Roman Catholic daily newspaper Kyunghyang Shinmoon came off the presses before the Syngman Rhee Government's decree to close down the paper came into effect.

    This is the first paper to be suppressed since the inception of the Republic in 1948. The Korean Newspaper Editors' and Publishers' Association called the action "a great dishonour to the democratic Press's history". Various newspapers accused the Government of playing into the hands of "the Reds". And the Us American public opinion had long held that suppression of the Press was not the remedy for Press errors.

    "Advocating revolution by violence .... publishing defamatory and groundless articles against leading personalities" that's how the 'charge-sheet' against the paper reads. The publisher and two reporters are awaiting trial on charges of sedition, criminal libel and violation of the national security.

    The paper has long opposed the Rhee administration and has slated public figures by publishing frequent charges of corruption and official scandals.

    Its suppression calls to mind the recent Security Bill which brought wide-spread outcries and resulted in Democratic MP's violently opposing the measure with sit-down strikes and first fights in the Parliament Chamber.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9II0K7IY26M9IT3DC7KKS2XX1
    Media URN:
    VLVA9II0K7IY26M9IT3DC7KKS2XX1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/05/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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