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Conservatives accuse Moon Jae-in's government of gagging tactics

President allegedly silencing critics despite vow to unite South Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in faces accusations of clamping down on conservatives. (Getty Images)

SEOUL -- Riding a wave of public optimism following a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, South Korean President Moon Jae-in is flying high in the polls. In one opinion survey released after April 27 summit, during which the two leaders pledged to work toward formally ending the Korean War, Moon held an approval rating of 85%.

But despite Moon's popularity, a growing number of conservative voices here accuse the president of trying to silence those who challenge his liberal agenda. His administration's actions, they say, stand in stark contrast to the rhetoric of a leader who came to office last May pledging to heal partisan divisions and break with the authoritarian tendencies of his predecessors.

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