Online Newspaper Shakes Up Korean Politics

OhmyNews, a a feisty three-year-old South Korean Internet news site, played an important role in the victory of reformist lawyer Roh Moo Hyun in December, The New York Times reports. Would this have happened without the Internet? Unlikely. After OhmyNews ran reports last summer about two schoolgirls crushed to death by a U. S. Army armored vehicle on patrol, a series of demonstrations against the Army presence snowballed into a national movement that many see as having propelled Roh’s candidacy. “OhmyNews’s reports of the incident were widely seen as forcing the hand of the mainstream media to pay attention to a story that conservative tradition here suggests they might have been inclined to ignore.”

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