S. Korean Parliament Brawls Over Media Bill
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2009 11:48 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Parliamentary debate over the relaxation of media ownership rules in South Korea descended into fisticuffs today, AFP reports. After negotiations stalled, the ruling conservative Grand National Party moved to vote on the reform, which will allow newspapers to own a greater stake of television media. In response, MPs of the opposition Democratic Party attempted to physically block the vote, and a brawl ensued.

The bill was eventually passed by the GNP, which holds 169 of the 299 seats in Parliament, but not before dozens of lawmakers were injured, one seriously enough to be hospitalized. One of the bills passed allows newspapers to own 10% of a broadcast channel, and 30% of a cable channel. The GNP argues that the reform will create jobs and encourage competition. Interestingly, North Korea weighed in on the debate, calling the GNP push a “traitors' scheme to railroad the evil bill.”

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Jul 23, 2009 5:04 AM CDT
Just to clarify: Kim Jong Il was AGAINST the passing of it.
Jul 23, 2009 5:01 AM CDT
I'm gunna go out on a whim here and say you have no clue what is going on there and for what reason. You simply hear the word conservative and take a defensive stance. Conservative there doesn't equal conservative here.
Jul 22, 2009 6:34 AM CDT
I wish we could take care of business like that sometimes. Every stupid idea should be responded with a slap across the face. I bet we would get more good things done. This healthcare bil... Slap!! Cap and trade...Slap! slap!