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‘Hot Mic’ Broadcaster Barred From South Korean President’s Plane

  • Yoon is set to leave Friday for trip to meet global leaders
  • Group calls move ‘unprecedented’ and a blow to press freedom
Yoon Suk-yeol

Yoon Suk-yeol

Photographer: Pool/Getty Images

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol banned reporters from a broadcaster his office said misrepresented comments caught on a hot mic from flying with him on an overseas trip, prompting criticism he was trying to suppress media freedom.

Yoon’s office told South Korean broadcaster MBC that its reporters wouldn’t be able to join him on the country’s Air Force One, when it departs Friday for international gatherings in Southeast Asia.