SOUTH KOREA: KBS and MBC Union Workers go on strike

JASON KIM WRITES – What began with the ousting of a president may end with the firing of two public broadcast CEOs. Unionized workers at the Munhwa Broadcasting Company (MBC) and Korean Broadcasting Service (KBS) went on strike September 4 complaining of what they say are unfair labor practices and, perhaps more significantly, political interference in news coverage. It’s the first simultaneous strike since 2012, and has brought to a halt several popular news and variety shows on the stations. The strikers claim MBC and KBS have lost public trust by skewing coverage under the administration of President Park...

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