Monday, August 16, 2010

Media activists in Japan inspired – Discussion with Kim Myeong-jun

On July 25, 2010, there was a discussion event with Kim Myeong-jun (photo), the president of MediACT, a media center in South Korea. The event was joined by 25 media persons from OurPlanetTV, the Asia Press Club, LaborNet, Video Act, Champon, MediR, NPJ and LaborNow!. Mr. Kim talked about achievements and limitations of MediACT that started eight years ago with government subsidies for an hour. While he referred to the expansion of independent films and grassroots media and the nurture of excellent film creators as achievements, he admitted the danger of depending on government subsidies. At present, Mr. Kim has started a wide-range movement called “Media Action” in cooperation with unions of mass media for reorganizing the media movement. Networking of the movement is also an issue in Japan, and the discussion at this event strongly inspired the participants. (M)


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