SOUTH KOREA: Telling It Like It Is

The Korea Times appears to be taking a very unbiased approach when reporting current events. In an article discussing a North Korean soldier’s desertion and a recent leak of military secrets, South Korea’s newspaper maintained a very neutral stance, focusing on stating concrete facts instead of relying on opinion-based writing to push a specific agenda.

In the article, the author simply states that those responsible have not been punished very severely. The only opinion the author gave was that of a politician who called for the severe punishment of those responsible for leaking the sensitive information. The article is not only short, but avoids alienating its audiences by calling for punishment or release of the offenders.

Another example of this unbiased reporting was found in a recent issue on an article about South Korean national security. On October 2nd, the South Korean military did not notice a North Korean defector crossing the border between the two nations. Instead of using the article to criticize the failure to maintain vigilance, the author only states the facts about the event, and what the South Korean government intends to do to ensure future security.

This neutrality and reliance on the basic facts is a welcome sight in the media of any democratic nation. It allows for the public to be informed without bias, which allows readers to make the best possible choices when they vote.

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