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South Korea to vote on 'fake news' bill opposed by media outlets

Opposition lawmakers say legislation would curtail journalists' ability to report

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has described press freedom as a "pillar of democracy" and commended the country's media for "balancing freedom and responsibility on a foundation of truth." (File photo by AP) 

SEOUL -- In a speech to journalists on Aug. 17, South Korean President Moon Jae-in described press freedom as a "pillar of democracy" and commended the country's media for "balancing freedom and responsibility on a foundation of truth."

Despite this lofty commendation, many in the country's media and public are questioning the Moon government's commitment to the principles of a free media. At a National Assembly plenary session expected in the coming week, Moon's ruling Democratic Party is set to push through a controversial act that the opposition and advocates say would curtail the media's ability to report.

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