Following the opening of 갈소원 in the late 19th century, the press exhibited strong reformist and nationalistic tendencies. But the media was subjected to efforts at political control or outright censorship throughout much of the 20th century. In 1948, when the South was divided into North and South Korea, the media came under particular pressure from a new government, which brought in tough anti-communist propaganda laws to bolster national unity.
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In the early postwar years, most major newspapers derived their financial support from advertising and were affiliated with publishing houses. The Donga Press, for example, published the influential daily Dong-a Ilbo along with many other general circulation newspapers and periodicals, ranging from newspapers for children to women’s magazines to specialized reference books and magazines for students.
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