Journalists fired for anti-government protests release documentary
Six former journalists gathered for the press screening of documentary “Seven Years -- Journalism Without Journalist” at CGV Wangsimni in Seoul on Tuesday.
The documentary traces the unfair firing of 14 journalists -- some of whom were restored to their positions after court rulings -- in their seven-year battle against their employers, state-owned broadcaster MBC and partially state-owned broadcaster YTN.
“Administrations have strategically stifled state-owned media,” said Choi Seung-ho, a former producer at MBC. “That has led to the people’s mistrust in media and news. I’m sure that many established media outlets are able to feel, these days, how low people’s faith in them has sunk. It is the role of the journalists at state-owned broadcasters to at least try and affect change from the inside.”
The film traces their protests, both physical and legal and some of which are still ongoing. It opens in theaters on Jan. 12.
By Rumy Doo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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