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His term ended at 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Oct. 31-Nov. 10: Seoul, South Korea

I was honored to lead the SPJ delegation to the Asian Journalists Forum in Seoul, South Korea. But, wow, is it a long trip -- 15 hours on an airplane from Atlanta to Seoul, then a couple of hours to get through the airport and into the city.

Traditional Korean toast to celebrate the forumI arrived at the Koreana Hotel in downtown Seoul at about 6 p.m., just in time to dash through a shower, put on a suit and tie and straggle in to the opening dinner about 10 minutes late.

Six SPJ representatives were among some 58 journalists from 24 countries. The first two days were spent in sessions on the top floor of the Korea Press Center in downtown Seoul. Then, the entire group moved to Jeju Island for another day of meetings.

SPJ was able to make some meaningful contributions to the discussions about freedom of the press and freedom of information in various countries. I presented a report on the state of FOI laws and journalism in the U.S., including a lengthy examination of the Judith Miller case. We also helped move a resolution about the Six Party Talks away from political statements and toward statements about what journalists should do to ensure fair and impartial coverage.

The group also passed a resolution calling for an end to the persecution of journalists in Nepal and approved documents forming the Asian Journalists Association.

After the forum ended, the SPJ contingent traveled to several cities in Korea and was treated to a series of programs that helped us gain greater understanding of the cultural heritage of the Korean people. We ate a lot of wonderful Korean food as well.

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