U.K. Weekly Slams Korean Gov’t’s Authoritarianism

August 24, 2020 13:30

The British weekly the Economist has slammed the Korean government for using increasingly authoritarian tactics under a thin veneer of its liberal credentials.

In an article Saturday titled “[Korea’s] liberal rulers unleash their inner authoritarians,” the Economist wrote that officials in the Moon Jae-in government, who “embody the legacy of the pro-democracy movement” and who are “used to dishing out criticism… seem unwilling to take it.”

The magazine cited a lawsuit filed by Cheong Wa Dae against a columnist who wondered if the presidential couple’s “official overseas trips were too heavy on sightseeing.”

It also voiced concern over the ruling Minjoo Party’s attempt to enact a law muzzling criticism of the government and said Korea’s lawmakers are also at fault. “Korea has a proud history of noisy opposition to the powers that be,” it said, but freedom of expression no longer seems to be the top priority of the Moon Jae-in administration.

The print version of the article is titled “Sensitive Seoul.”

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