한국 언론윤리의 문제점과 개선방안
Problems of ethics of the Korean press and ways of their improvement
언론윤리 한국언론 윤리의식;
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The purpose of this study is to provide a future direction of ethics of the Korean press by carefully analyzing structural problems of the ethics and finding ways of solving them. Reforms of the press have been always a main issue since the civic struggle in June 1987. They have not been properly practiced, though discussed whenever the political power was replaced. Scholars of journalism and related civic groups called for the press reform as the participatory government of President Roh inaugurated. But local journalists turned a deaf ear to it again. In the past, the press distributed the ruling ideology of the dictatorial government and made unfair, distorted information of some facts through close connection with the national power, but now becomes a separate powerful body itself or a drive creating a new political power. Now the press of this nation faces a situation in which its adverse functions such as infringing human rights of individuals and social bodies seem more remarkable, while it sticks itself only to a self-comforting nature which can be described 'the fulfillment of people's right to know'. Ethics of the press will be firmly established only when journalists make efforts for self-purification Journalists should raise professional consciousness for themselves. They are also requested to have ethical consciousness and strong confidencein practicing it. Furthermore, journalists should be armed with a high consciousness of enlightenment and strong responsibility. Journalists are requested to be professionals of high special quality because they are responsible for the information management of modern society. Information control within a flood of information in modern society requires special skills of highest quality. Such skills, which maybe deemed based on personal ability, would be exerted properly only when they are supported with relevant ethics. Such skills and ethics may contribute to improvement in the quality of the press when they are correlated better. This is determinant to the future of the Korean press. In conclusion, it seems very meaningful to consider a better ethics of the press which is being increasingly powerful.
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