'Peaceful driver' press

Where did the summit between the two Koreas, which generated expectations for a major reversal in Northeast Asian history, come from? It probably stems from North Korea's intention to dismantle its nuclear weapons program. Had it not been for the live broadcast of the media, however, would it have received such sympathy? In a rare scenario, the summit was broadcast live at the truce village of Panmunjom. It is hard to find a summit where so much has been broadcast live. People around the world watched the talks with two eyes and decided on their own success. The camera is on foot ‘a bench conference’ the Moon Jae-in, president and an intense look of the Secretary of State and North Korea Kim Jong Un, vividly conveyed to the eyes. The role of the press on the Korean Peninsula should be the same as the camera that conveys the sincerity of the bench talks.

Spring, which has come to the Korean Peninsula since the truce village of Panmunjom, is moving toward fruition. Despite the ups and downs surrounding the summit, hopes for a denuclearization deal are still alive. The real key to the non-communist denuclearization of North Korea is not in the provisions of the agreement. The agreement can be a piece of negligence overnight, depending on the situation. The key is to increase contact between North Korea and the outside world. An open society is not an open one. Once open, nuclear armament and economic sanctions are no longer an option for North Korea. It is like trying to cross the river without a boat to open North Korea without any press and hope for the unification of the two Koreas. The key to openness can be found in media exchanges and media reports.
It is well known how exchanges played a role in the unification of East and West Germany. Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the wall fell first in the hearts of East and West Germans. China and Taiwan have yet to be politically unified, but human and physical exchanges are the same as those of a unified nation. It is not unification, it is not. When the value of exchange is said to be mutual, the effect is on the media. Before the Treaty was signed in 1972, a reporter from a news agency in West Germany reached East Germany first. It was a messenger of unity.

If the South Korean media were to cover North Korea directly, there would not be a flurry of false reports and misunderstandings. We do not know the exact age of Kim yet. Had the media been able to cover North Korea, there would not have been any false reports of the death of Kim Il Sung in the 1980s. Currently in Pyongyang, there are U.S. news agency AP and APTN, France's AFP, China's Xinhua news agency, Russia's Itartas, and Japanese Kyodo news service. The South Korean media is not making inroads into the North, as it has taken the lead in imposing sanctions on the North in hopes of the collapse of the North and included a Japanese news agency using the North Korean issue in domestic politics.
If he wanted media exchanges to be mentioned in the Panmunjeom Declaration, is he greedy? The authorities of the two Koreas do not appear to be active in media exchanges. I wonder if he is concerned that the exchange of media would be a stumbling block to reconciliation rather than a promotion of reconciliation. It is regrettable to see that the South and North can not afford freedom of expression. Is it possible for the Korean Peninsula to be peaceful or unified without the media?
It is not easy for a poor dictatorship to reveal itself to the public. This is even more so if it is a divided country competing for regime. Media exchanges between the two Koreas were mostly suggested by North Korea until 1970 after the division. South Korea refused to accept the offer, saying it was aimed at chaos in South Korean society. After that, South Korea offered media exchanges to the North, but this time it did not budge. Both South and North Korea proposed media exchanges only when they were confident in the competition for a regime.

Since the late 1990s, inter-Korean media exchanges and cooperation have been active for some time due to the sunshine policy. The South Korean media ' coverage of the visit to North Korea and broadcast of North Korean video clips by broadcasters have broken the prejudice of imagining North Koreans as monsters with horns. However, the media failed to give a true coverage. North Korea allowed only non-political subjects such as natural landscape and cultural assets, excluding sensitive ones. They only showed what they liked. South Korea has also restricted its coverage of the visit to the North, citing the possibility of glorifying the North Korean regime.
In order for the two Koreas to engage in media exchanges, a news briefing should be possible as the two Koreas have to agree on the principle of reporting and the field. There is a premise to do so. The South and North Korean media should move away from the Cold War mentality and seek peace and reunification. If we try to undermine the opposing system and highlight only the negative aspects, peace on the Korean Peninsula is a mirage. More than 70 years have passed since the division. How much effort has the press made to create conditions for peace and unification? The South Korean media encouraged distrust and confrontation rather than drawing reconciliation, trust and cooperation between the two Koreas. Just as distrust breeds mistrust, trust begets trust. Had the arbitrary editing of the press, which is commonly seen in reports on North Korea, intervened, would it have touched the bench meeting that looked more like a movie than a movie?

Who would be the first to be bold about Kim Jong Il and Kim Yo Jong, the North's deputy director of the Central Committee? The world's media is now engaged in fierce down-and-butter competition to win the ticket. The last remaining Cold War island, North Korea's top leader interview, will be recorded as a symbol of change in security order in Northeast Asia, beyond a global scoop. The ticket will be given to the press, which by reporting the facts and pursuing the truth, will be the most fair, objective and contribute to easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. To the press that will become a peaceful driver.


[Yonhap News Agency]