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South Korea Influence Buying / Media #252163

CBS Evening News for Sunday, May 22, 1977
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(Studio) South Korea influence buying has been discovered in United States media.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(DC) Report notes invitation to reporters who covered Korean war to return to Korea for dedication of monument to correspondents killed in war. Letter is signed by officials of news orgs. tightly controlled by Park's government and KCIA; last signature is that of Sung Chul Hong, allegedly of International Cultural Society of Korea. However, Hong was really in charge of entire operation and anti-Park forces claim he's top KCIA official. American officials confirm he headed KCIA (Central Intelligence Agency) operations in Washington, DC in 1960's. Washington, DC reporter "US-Asian News", Julie Moon, says project was operation to bolster Park regime in Korea and abroad. [MOON - says there's no question government paid for it.] Ceremony was held near Panmunjom; one correspondent in attendance was Grace Halsell, who says she's not concerned with regard to possibility of government paying for trips and rejects American concern with regard to lack of human rights in Korea. (Interview by Don Cladstrup.) [HALSELL - says United States has human rights problems of own.] Other details with regard to Korean newspaper reports of visit noted.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

Dean, Morton;
Pierpoint, Robert

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