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KOIS Operates Integrated News Reporting Room at Joint Briefing Center

KOIS Operates Integrated News Reporting Room at Joint Briefing Center

Posted October. 09, 2007 03:24,   


The Korean Overseas Information Service (KOIS) announced the closure of the existing reporters’ room fragmented for respective ministries, located at the main building of the government central complex on Sejongno in Jongno-gu, Seoul. The government information agency said it will operate an integrated news reporting room instead at the newly established joint briefing center in an annex starting October 11.

KOIS said yesterday, “The reporters’ room reserved for respective journalists covering different ministries will be closed and any service regarding news reporting or facility use will be unavailable starting October 11.”

KOIS distributed a document announcing the decision to correspondents covering 11 government departments including the Prime Minister’s Office, the National Tax Service, Ministries of Education and Human Resources Development, Foreign Affairs and Trade, Unification, Government Administration and Home Affairs, Information and Communication, Gender Equality and Family, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Construction and Transportation, and Planning and Budget.

Meanwhile, yesterday morning, policemen guarding the foreign ministry building of the annexes to the central complex clashed with reporters by blocking their entry through the main gate and demanding them to come and go through the back gate.

A policeman said reporters were advised to use the back gate instead of the front gate through which foreign ministry officials and ordinary people pass at the request of KOIS.

KOIS oversees the operation of the joint briefing center set up in the foreign ministry building.

Regarding the incident, KOIS explained that the agency asked the policemen to open the back gate, which had long been closed under construction, because it leads to the most convenient way for reporters to access the joint briefing center, and said that reporters could use both the front and back gates in order to dispel any misunderstanding.

A foreign ministry correspondent said that this is an attempt to check reporters through a route reserved for journalists under the excuse of promoting convenience “for the sake of reporters.”