Posts Tagged ‘ColorTV (칼라TV)’

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New Progressive Party headquarters raided by a pro-government group.

July 1, 2008

The New Progressive Party (NPP) of Korea has been the most visible organization in the two-month long protests of Koreans against the Lee Myung-bak government. As noted before, NPP’s guerrilla media project called ColorTV enjoys a huge following among those Koreans who can’t participate in protest rallies in central Seoul in person for various reasons.

Around 10:30PM of July 1, several men apparently associated with HID, a pro-government extremist organization, raided NPP’s headquarters. According to those at the scene, the intruders went berserk shouting “We will kill Jin Joong-gwon and all the other commies of ColorTV”, and injured some party staff on duty. Jin is the political pundit who’s been serving nearly daily as the chief male reporter of ColorTV.

Lee Myung-sun, the chief female reporter of ColorTV, expressed her concerns over the safety of herself and the staff of ColorTV, but vowed to keep broadcasting candlelight vigils live till the last candlelight is put out.

One wonders whether this incident isn’t an indication that Lee Myung-bak and his right-wing extremist supporters have been caught by surprise by the recent turn of events.

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Pressian is scheduled to launch its own guerrilla TV.

June 6, 2008

Pressian, a South Korean news site well known for its thorough analyses and strong and independent voices, announces that it will join ColorTV, OhmyTV and other guerrilla TVs for broadcasting street rallies live through the web from June 7 to June 10 (starting at 7PM each day).

Guerrilla TVs share a similar format: one or two reporters accompanied by a staff of cameramen, notebook carriers and some logistics people broadcast in real time every single action of protesters and the police alike with occasional interviews. And they have been extremely popular among Korean citizens: ColorTV, a media project of the New Progressive Party and the pioneer in this new, 21st century form of activist journalism, has reportedly reached an audience of 310,000 people in a single day.

PressianTV will feature a liberal political pundit, Kim Min-woong, as one of its reporters. It would be interesting to compare Kim and the star reporter of ColorTV, Jin Joong-gwon.