Donga Ilbo Journalists Launch Free Press Campaign in 1974, Resulting in Mass Firings

Seoul - On this day in 1974, journalists at the Donga Ilbo, one of South Korea's major newspapers, initiated a campaign advocating for a free press. The campaign was a protest against the government's censorship and surveillance of media activities under the Park Chung-hee administration.

According to a new release by Yonhap News Agency, the campaign led to the termination of nearly 180 reporters and photographers who were employed by the paper at the time.

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