Following the March 1st Movement in 1919, the Japanese colonial government loosened its overt control of cultural activities and allowed Korean vernacular newspapers and intellectual journals to function with some behind-the-scenes direction. During the 1920s and 1930s, these publications engaged in running skirmishes with censors. But a decade of mobilization during World War II ended any semblance of autonomy for the press.

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After the Cold War, a new generation of South Korea journalists emerged. They strove for a greater degree of editorial independence and sought to address topics that were taboo during the military regime, including political-military relations, factionalism within the ruling party, the role of security agencies in politics, and the activities of dissident groups. Some dailies launched a range of weekly and monthly supplements to expand their readership and coverage. Read more :

In 1995, Joongang Ilbo developed the first Internet news website in Asia. Soon after, most daily newspapers launched their online versions. The number of Internet users grew dramatically, and as of 2007, there are 61 million Internet subscribers in the country.

As in many countries, social media is a major force in South Korea. Early social-networking platforms like Cyworld, which allowed users to post information about their mood, and microblogging sites such as’me2day’ and ‘yozm’ gained popularity with the proliferation of smartphones.

The country’s public broadcasters have seven channels, including KBS, MBC and SBS. In addition, there are a variety of private satellite and cable channels such as Arirang TV (founded in 1996). The channel presents programs to give viewers a contemporary, accurate look at Korea and the rest of the world.

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