* Date : 2020-05-19
On “The Diplomat” this week, we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the May 18 Pro-Democracy Movement through discussions on democracy and the truth of the press with the Ambassador of Germany to S. Korea, Stephan AUER. Gwangju in May 1980 was a grim city amid the military regime’s violent suppression. German journalists Jürgen Hinzpeter and his audio technician Henning Rumohr were there among the struggling citizens. Their footage of the horrors in Gwangju was hidden in a tin cookie box and passed tight security, safely arriving in Germany. The German public broadcaster ARD reported on the horrors and Gwangju’s voice was heard around the world. We will hear more about the context behind Korea’s democratic movement that was reported by Hinzpeter, and the values of democracy and freedom of the press that both Korea and Germany protect from Ambassador Auer.