In South Korea, is Moon’s proposed fake news law a real worry for press freedom?

In its latest press freedom rankings, Reporters Without Borders described South Korean President Moon Jae-in as “a breath of fresh air” after a decade of conservative rule that saw his predecessors, centre-right leaders Park Geun-hye and Lee Myung-bak, draw fire for launching criminal defamation suits against critics and stacking broadcast networks with political allies.

But Moon, a former human rights lawyer, now faces questions about his own commitment to press freedom as his centre-left…


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