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Panpa Bulletin : February 2007
NEWS The World Association of Newspapers and the World Editors Forum have protested against a “damag- ing initiative” by South Korea’s state-owned news agency Yonhap to stop the direct distribution of information from foreign news agencies within the country. In a letter to Myung-Gon Kim, the Minister responsible for Yonhap, WAN and WEF argued that reinstituting the monopoly on news agency distribution would be a signif- cant blow to press freedom in Korea. “It simply is not accept- able in a modern democracy and a free market to deprive media of their right to receive international news from any source they wish to choose,” the letter said. “The reinstatement of mo- nopoly control of information through Yonhap would clearly constitute a breach of the right to the free fow of information, which is guaranteed by nu- merous international conven- tions, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “Article 19 of the Declara- tion states: ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes the freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media, regardless of frontiers.” In the letter, WAN and WEF also said that competition among news agencies would beneft both Korean media companies and the public. “We urge you to ensure that your country fully respects its international obligations to up- hold the free fow of informa- tion,” they said. According to WAN and WEF, Yonhap argued at Fair Trade Agreement talks in Cheju Island in November that it should regain its monopoly on such news agency distribu- tion through the withdrawal of access to the market except through itself. “The proposal resembles a similar initiative in China, where the governmentrecently gave state news agency Xinhua sole authority to distribute stories,photos and other services from foreign news agencies”. WAN and WEF protest against proposed monopoly Agfa Graphics has launched two new Arkitex products which promise to reduce newspaper printing costs – Optilnk and Intel- liTuneX. According to Agfa’s Oceania newspaper manager Koni Neu- hofer, both products will “add considerable cost savings to the overall production process of a newspaper”. Arkitex OptiInk is a fully-auto- mated solution that processes PDF fles and optimises ink usage in newspaper printing. It works by automatically con- verting colour spaces to ensure consistent colour for both vec- torised and image content. Neuhofer says Optilnk has the potential to reduce ink costs by 10 to 25 percent, depending on “how PDFs are produced, the percentage of colour work, and other require- ments”. Meanwhile, Arkitex IntelliTun- eX will, according to Neuhofer, save time and labour costs for newspaper printers. The full PC-based client-server architecture module offers full workfow integration with a comprehensive user interface, including a gallery of thumb- nails. The J2EE application server core and full Java-browser user interface offer accessibility, scalability and Agfa’s SISR and multi dimensional processing technology for image manipu- lation. Arkitex reduces printing costs Achieve greater flexibility and profit with existing mailroom systems by stitching in the copystream. Wire-stitch semi-commercial to quarter- fold products efficiently, in-house. StreamStitch is processing conveyor technology combined with proven stitching technology. Invest in StreamStitch to gain time, create more value, and become more independent from outsourcing. StreamStitch, for more profit right down the line. XtraWin The publishing initiative from WRH Marketing shows the way to a successful market launch for fashionable print media based on a combination of newsprint and high-gloss papers. Find out more at www.wrh-marketing.com. StreamStitch Maximize benefits with inline stitching FERAG AUSTRALIA PTY. LTD. A WRH WALTER REIST HOLDING AG COMPANY SYDNEY OFFICE ALEXANDRIA, NSW 2015, PHONE +61 2 8337 9777, www.ferag-australia.com MELBOURNE OFFICE DINGLEY VILLAGE, VIC 3172, PHONE +61 3 9551 3988
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