Kyunghyang “Only hitting the government in the past, there is no agenda for Yoon Seok-yeol”

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The Kyunghyang Shinmun and the Hankyoreh criticized the front-page report, saying that ‘the government and the ruling party are focusing on the offensive against the former government’. It is pointed out that the focus is on making the murder of a public official by the North Korean military a political issue and speeding up the investigation of the Moon Jae-in government, while focusing on reversing past government policies such as corporate tax and the 52-hour workweek. The passport also takes into account the whereabouts of former government officials.

The Kyunghyang Shimbun’s front page article, ‘Party/government hitting only the past, missing future agenda’, said, “As the government and ruling parties focus only on the ‘past’, the future agenda that should be driven in the beginning of the new government is missing.”

▲ Take a picture of the front page of the morning newspaper on the 20th

The Hankyoreh and Kyunghyang “The former government is beating and there is no agenda for Yoon Seok-yeol”


On the 19th, Kwon Seong-dong, floor leader of the People’s Power, posted a handwritten letter from the son of a murdered public official on SNS and said, “The Moon Jae-in government and the Democratic Party of Korea should first apologize in front of his son’s cry.” The Kyunghyang Shinmun reported, “People’s power is the power of the people,” the Yoon Seok-yeol government announced on the 16th that it overturned the investigation two years ago that ‘(the official’s) intention to defect to North Korea was not found’. is continuing,” he said.

Temporary personnel appointed by the previous government also emerged as a source of conflict. The Kyunghyang Shinmun reported, “In other political messages in passports, ‘slap Moon Jae-in and the Democratic Party’ is the main theme. are being pressured,” he said. President Yoon did not call the two chairpersons to the State Council meeting on the 14th and said, “I am a person who does not need to come.”

▲ Front page of Kyunghyang Newspaper on the 20th
▲ Front page of Kyunghyang Newspaper on the 20th

The Hankyoreh also said, “(President Yoon) is also another front line about the fate of former government officials who practically asked for the resignation of Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commissioner Jeon Hyun-hee and Korea Communications Commission Chairman Han Sang-hyuk.” On the 18th, Chairman Jeon expressed his will to fulfill his term of office until June next year, saying, “I will faithfully fulfill the role of protecting the rights and interests of the people as stipulated by the law.”

The Kyunghyang Shinmun reported, “The investigation into the Moon Jae-in government and Democratic Party lawmaker Lee Jae-myung, including the blacklist of the Ministry of Industry, is being conducted in all directions.” The Hankyoreh said, “The prosecution’s investigation into the blacklist of the Ministry of Industry is also a factor that intensifies conflict.” “I raise suspicions about the Democrats’ planning investigation,” he said.

The Kyunghyang Shinmun reported, “The economic policy direction of the new government announced by the Yun Seok-yeol administration on the 16th also focused on returning to the pre-Moon Jae-in administration.” These include lowering the maximum corporate tax rate and lowering the real estate ownership tax. The 52-hour workweek and the Severe Accident Punishment Act were also subject to ‘repair’.

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The Kyunghyang Shinmun pointed out, “On the other hand, there is no policy agenda to represent the Yun Seok-yeol government.” “Leaving the evaluation of individual policies, successive governments such as the Roh Moo-hyun administration’s ‘decentralization’, the Lee Myung-bak administration’s ‘green growth’ and ‘resource diplomacy’, the Park Geun-hye administration’s ‘creative economy’, and the Moon Jae-in administration’s ‘peace on the Korean Peninsula’ and ‘prosecution reform’ The reform agenda and direction to be pursued were clear, but the Yun Seok-yeol administration is ambiguous.” The Kyunghyang Shinmun cited “President Yoon’s narrow talent pool, which is biased toward former prosecutors who have only dealt with past cases” as the cause.

▲ 20th Hankyoreh page 1
▲ 20th Hankyoreh page 1

On the other hand, the Dong-A Ilbo reported through a contribution by former National Assembly member Yoon Hee-sook that the term of office head should end when the president’s term ends. Former Rep. Yoon said, “Let’s link the term of office to the president’s term to prevent embarrassing abuse of power in each power change period.” Let’s revise it and specify the recommended route as ‘minister in charge’.” “Above all, there is no reason to maintain so much with the people’s blood money if it is an institution that anyone can run and eat,” he said.

▲ Dong-A Ilbo opinion page on the 20th
▲ Dong-A Ilbo opinion page on the 20th

Last card for fuel tax greetings “Concentration of benefits and high incomes”


The government has decided to increase the oil tax on oil prices from 30% to 37%. It is effectively the last card that the government can use without changing the law in the face of skyrocketing oil prices. Newspapers were concerned that this price measure did not include support measures to alleviate the cost burden of the underprivileged.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance Choo Kyung-ho held the first emergency economy ministers meeting on the 19th and said, “We will expand the extent of the fuel tax cut to 37%, the maximum allowed by the current law, by the end of the year.” The government expanded the cut of the oil tax from 20% to 30%, the highest level ever, since May, but it had no significant effect as oil prices skyrocketed. The government plans to revise the relevant enforcement ordinance at the Cabinet meeting on the 28th and request cooperation from gas stations and oil refiners.

▲ Front page of the Seoul newspaper on the 20th
▲ Front page of the Seoul newspaper on the 20th

The newspapers said, “Assuming that you drive 40 km a day, you will save an additional 7,000 won per month based on gasoline” (The Hankyoreh). Korea Daily). The Seoul Economic Daily said, “The government’s measures are also showing the bottom.

▲ On the 20th, Seoul Economic Daily, page 9
▲ On the 20th, Seoul Economic Daily, page 9

The newspapers pointed out that there were no measures to alleviate the living hardships of the vulnerable in an editorial. The Hankyoreh was concerned in an editorial that “other than a sharp lowering of the subsidy support standard through transit, there is still no other plan for the underprivileged.” The Hankyoreh said, “The price of diesel, which has already surpassed the price of gasoline, is threatening the livelihoods of freight transport workers. It is time for the government to be more active in preparing measures to support selective support for the vulnerable, who are hit directly by the high consumption-to-income ratio,” he said.

▲ 20th Hankyoreh editorial
▲ 20th Hankyoreh editorial

The Kyunghyang Shinmun also said in an editorial, “We need to be proactive in discovering additional measures.” “In particular, it has been confirmed in past policy evaluations such as the 2008 financial crisis that the benefits of a uniform fuel tax cut are concentrated on the high-income bracket rather than the low-income bracket.” did.

▲The 20th, Kyunghyang Newspaper editorial
▲The 20th, Kyunghyang Newspaper editorial

On the other hand, Maeil Economic Daily has been demanding ‘restraint of wage increase’ rather than wage increase or regulation on the price of daily necessities to alleviate the hardship of living.

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Maeil Economic Daily argued in an editorial that “the demand for a higher wage is to compensate for the price increase, but excessive demand for a wage increase will only lead to a vicious cycle of inflation and aggravate labor market polarization.” Maeil Business News said, “The wages of large corporations have already risen a lot this year,” and “small and medium-sized businesses only increased by 4.9%. The situation for non-regular workers, such as part-time workers, is even worse,” he said.

▲ 20th Maeil Economic Daily
▲ 20th Maeil Economic Daily

Newspapers’ evaluation of Yoon Seok-yeol’s door stepping “between shock and anxiety”


Newspapers’ opinions were divided over the briefing on the way to work (door stepping) that President Yoon Seok-yeol had been in office for more than a month. It is common to evaluate that the level of answers is remarkable in that it exceeds the level of courtesy, but it was also pointed out that if the content was rather unrefined or irresponsible, it caused confusion.

After taking office on the 10th of last month, President Yoon met with reporters on the way to work 18 times in 41 days until the 19th. The Kyunghyang Shinmun said, “I met and communicated with reporters in the morning almost every day, except on days when I didn’t go to the office or when I had an outside schedule in the morning.” The JoongAng Ilbo said, “In a word, it is the public sentiment delivered in the form of questions from reporters.

▲The 20th, JoongAng Ilbo, page 14
▲The 20th, JoongAng Ilbo, page 14
▲ 3 pages of Kyunghyang Newspaper on the 20th
▲ 3 pages of Kyunghyang Newspaper on the 20th

The JoongAng Ilbo said, “It’s a change that makes me feel very intimidated when I think of the fact that my predecessor boasted that he held 11 press conferences over five years and held three interviews without a scenario, questionnaire, and editing.” “The door stepping is a historical change that put an end to the ‘power-type silence’ of the presidents. I hope that it will become a tradition not only for President Yoon, but also for future presidents to follow.”

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The JoongAng Ilbo said, “President Yoon has been responding with his unique candid speech.” On the other hand, “It is a pity that the direct and improvised answer style often causes misunderstandings and controversy. It was understood that President Yoon’s statement about the Yangsan private residence protests as ‘the president’s office is also a version where protests are permitted’ was understood as acquiescence to the protests.” The central government said, “The president’s office has already asked the protesters to restrain themselves.”

The JoongAng Ilbo said, “There were cases where the statements themselves were far from unity, consideration, and inclusiveness.” For example, △When the opposition party insisted on political retaliation, the JoongAng Ilbo asked, ‘Did you not do it during the Democratic Party? I heard that he said, “This is the first time I’m trying to be president” about the controversy over Kim’s official schedule.

▲ 20th JoongAng Ilbo editorial
▲ 20th JoongAng Ilbo editorial

The related article in the Kyunghyang Shinmun started with the sentence “Is it shocking or unsettling?” The Kyunghyang Shinmun reported, “There are favorable reviews saying that the level of communication with the public has improved while meeting the reporters directly. There are also concerns about the need to deliver a refined message worthy of the president,” he said.

The Kyunghyang Shimbun said, “On the 8th, when criticism of the biased personnel from the prosecution was in full swing, they answered, ‘Did not people from Minbyon do a lot of paperwork in the past?’ The interpretation continued that he chose to break through the head-on with his unique direct speech in the face of negative public opinion and opposition attacks. Shira’ drew attention with the answer. There was a difference between the criticism that it was irresponsible and the understanding that it was an honest answer.”

The Kyunghyang Shinmun reported on the protests in front of the residence of former President Moon Jae-in, saying, “After that, the protests in front of President Yoon’s residence in Seocho-gu led to a controversy that the conflict between the former and current presidents was amplified.” In addition, Lee Sang-don, an emeritus professor at Chung-Ang University, compared President Yoon’s communication behavior with that of former US President Donald Trump and advised on the need for adjustment on KBS Radio on the 15th. Former President Trump was evaluated for causing considerable confusion during his presidency with his characteristic ‘Twitter politics’.”

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