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Talks Between Rival Camps Stall on Revisions to Press Arbitration Act

Written: 2021-09-28 15:05:56Updated: 2021-09-28 15:30:42

Talks Between Rival Camps Stall on Revisions to Press Arbitration Act

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South Korea's rival political camps are continuing their clash over their differences regarding the controversial revisions to the Press Arbitration Act on Tuesday. 

Ruling Democratic Party(DP) floor leader Yun Ho-jung and main opposition People Power Party(PPP) floor leader Kim Gi-hyeon announced that they failed to reach a compromise after attending a meeting chaired by National Assembly Speaker Park Byeong-seug. 

The parties wrangled in particular over a revision on punitive damages against media outlets that release fabricated or false reports.

The DP stressed the need to include the revision while the PPP has strongly opposed it, citing the international community’s concerns over how such damages could violate the freedom of press. 

The parties convened a plenary session on Tuesday afternoon and agreed to first handle pending bills other than the revision bill. They plan to meet at 5 p.m. to resume discussions.

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