South Korean president suspends Q&As amid disagreement with press

South Korean president suspends Q&As amid disagreement with press

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

President Yoon Suk Yeol

President Yoon Suk Yeol of South Korea has suspended his symbolic query and reply session following his latest altercations with the press. 

Mr Yoon, who additionally promised to remain off press protection, has been severely criticised for banning the MBC Tv crew from the presidential aircraft press pool. 

The president, since assuming workplace in Could, has usually acquired questions from reporters on the foyer of the presidential constructing in an initiative referred to as ‘door-stepping’, according to his marketing campaign guarantees to enhance communication, VOA information studies.

He had briefly modified the narrative that his predecessors averted the press due to delicate questions. 

In a press release launched by his workplace on Monday, it was reported that “a latest unsavoury incident” has led to the cancellation of the query and reply session. 

“The ‘door-stepping’ was initiated for the sake of open communications with the general public. We’ll contemplate whether or not to renew it if some measures that may meet its goal properly are organized,” the assertion added. 

An argument between Mr Yoon’s assistant and an MBC reporter over his workplace’s determination to bar the MBC crew from the media pool on his presidential aircraft flying to Cambodia and Indonesia for summits earlier this month is extensively believed to be the “unsavoury incident”.

The president’s workplace, nevertheless, insists that MBC was prohibited due to its “repeated distortion and biased reporting” on diplomatic affairs.

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