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Authorities Crack Down on Fake News Ahead of Local Elections

Authorities Crack Down on Fake News Ahead of Local Elections

SEOUL, April 16 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government is using technology to crack down on fake news and illegal election practices ahead of the upcoming local elections. The National Election Commission has adopted a digital authentication service, a new system developed by the National Forensic Service (NFS) designed to authenticate online content and collect [...]

President Vows Support for Neutrality of Gov’t Officials

President Vows Support for Neutrality of Gov’t Officials

SEOUL, April 13 (Korea Bizwire) – President Moon Jae-in called for increased efforts Friday to improve working conditions of government officials and also ensure their political neutrality, saying public workers must only work for the good of the people. “We must straighten the relationships between the people and the government, the people and public offices to meet the people’s expectations. More simply, it [...]

Retired Supreme Court Justice Calls on Korea to Face Responsibility for Vietnam War

Retired Supreme Court Justice Calls on Korea to Face Responsibility for Vietnam War

SEOUL, April 13 (Korea Bizwire) — A renowned former Supreme Court justice has called on South Korea to acknowledge its involvement in the Vietnam War. Kim Young-ran, who proposed the Kim Young-ran Act, a self-titled anti-graft bill, said, “I want to prove that our country can acknowledge its own wrongdoings and is more than capable of [...]

Seoul Mayor Park Officially Announces Bid for 3rd Term

Seoul Mayor Park Officially Announces Bid for 3rd Term

SEOUL, Apr. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon on Thursday officially declared his bid for a third term, entering the ruling Democratic Party’s primary race for the June local elections. The party’s in-house competition is set to pit the 62-year-old incumbent against two former floor leaders — four-term lawmaker Park Young-sun and three-term [...]

Over 17,000 Foreigners Barred from Flying to S. Korea over Past Year

Over 17,000 Foreigners Barred from Flying to S. Korea over Past Year

SEOUL, April 10 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea prevented more than 17,000 foreign nationals, who committed crimes or were highly likely to do so, from entering the country from April 2017 to this March by implementing a system to screen passenger information prior to their boarding South Korea-bound planes, the justice ministry said Monday. The system, which went into effect April 1, 2017, calls for the ministry to receive passenger information from an airline at the [...]

Ousted Leader Park Gets 24 Years in Prison

Ousted Leader Park Gets 24 Years in Prison

SEOUL, April 6 (Korea Bizwire) – Former President Park Geun-hye was sentenced to 24 years in prison and 18 billion won in fine on Friday in a massive corruption scandal that toppled her from power early last year. In a live televised trial, the Seoul Central District Court meted out the guilty verdict for the 66-year-old former leader, about a year after her arrest in late March of 2017.  [...]

Court Rejects 2nd Injunction Against Live Broadcast of Park’s Sentencing Trial

Court Rejects 2nd Injunction Against Live Broadcast of Park’s Sentencing Trial

SEOUL, April 5 (Korea Bizwire) – A Seoul court on Thursday turned down another injunction filed by former President Park Geun-hye against a court decision to allow the live broadcast of her sentencing hearing set for the following day. The Seoul Central District Court dismissed the request, saying it does not constitute grounds for reconsideration. This is the second injunction rejected by the court regarding the high-profile bribery and corruption trial of the ousted [...]

China Vows to End ‘Retaliatory Measures’ Against THAAD Deployment Soon

China Vows to End ‘Retaliatory Measures’ Against THAAD Deployment Soon

SEOUL, April 1 (Korea Bizwire) – China will end what are believed to be retaliatory measures over South Korea’s deployment of a U.S.-developed missile shield in the near future, a top Chinese official said Friday. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s envoy, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, made the remarks during his meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul. “China places great importance on matters of [...]

Active Use of Social Media Vital for Politicians on Campaign Trail

Active Use of Social Media Vital for Politicians on Campaign Trail

SEOUL, Mar. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Savvy social media use can lead candidates to victory come election time, according to a new study. The new report released by the National Assembly Research Service revealed that President Moon Jae-in used live broadcasting features on social media much more than other candidates during his victorious campaign in [...]