South Korean Printed and Internet Media Reporting: A Counterintelligence Challenge
: Sun Tzu wrote in
The Art of War
, “…if you know your enemies and knowyourself, you will fight without danger in battles. If you only know yourself, but not youropponent, you may win or may lose. If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you willalways endanger yourself.” Everyday, we devote tremendous amount of resource andeffort to understand both ourselves and those around us. Open source analysis is one ofthe methods we use to achieve this goal. As we conduct open source analysis, we oftencome across information that may be deemed sensitive, especially to US Forces Korea(USFK), or ROK-US Combined Forces Command (CFC); some of this information may evenbe of intelligence value to a well-trained hostile. This article examines precisely thesechallenges today’s major South Korean printed and internet media outlets pose on USFKand CFC. This article examined 13 major South Korean printed and internet news outlets –
Dong-A Ilbo, Munhwa Ilbo, Seoul Shinmun, Chosun Ilbo, Joongang Ilbo, Hankyoreh News,Hankook Ilbo, Segye Ilbo,Kyunghyang Shinmun, No-Cut News, Ohmynews, Pressian,
. Of these outlets,
Dong-A Ilbo, Munhwa Ilbo, Seoul Shinmun, Chosun Ilbo, Joongang Ilbo, Hankyoreh, Hankook Ilbo, Segye Ilbo,
hasboth printed newspapers and internet sites.
No-Cut News, Ohmynews, Pressian,
only have internet sites.
(U)Political Biases of Sample Media:
This article analyzed reports related to USFK, CFC,and NK from 12 news outlets from 2001 – Dec 07.
was analyzed from 2005(based on its launch date). Based on this analysis, all 13 of the outlets were placed on achart where the X-axis represents pro- or anti-US bias and the Y-axis represents pro- or anti-NK bias. The analysisshowed that the
Chosun Ilbo, Munhwa Ilbo,
articles hadthe most pro-US and anti-NK biases where as thewritings of
hadthe most anti-US bias and
had the mostpro-NK bias.