ATEK Files Complaint with Press Ethics Commission
The Association for Teachers of English in Korea has submitted the following complaint to the Korean Press Ethics Commission. The complaint is in response to a spate of attacks by media organizations in July.
Recently, there has been an alarming increase in the number and severity of negative articles about foreign English teachers living in Korea. This is damaging not only to teachers, but also to society as a whole, because a society that allows some of its members to be unreasonably discriminated against will quickly become unjust.
The Korean Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and the press as basic rights of citizens, with prior censorship banned, but the Constitution qualifies free expression. Article 21(4) provides that “neither speech nor the press shall violate the honor or rights of other persons nor undermine public morals or social ethics. Should speech or the press violate the honor or rights of other persons, claims may be made for the damage resulting there from.” This association is not seeking damages; we are only seeking fair treatment of non-citizens in the press.
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