On June 29, 2006, South Korea's Constitutional Court struck down the Newspaper Law and the Press Arbitration Law as unconstitutional. The effects of each law would have been to place restrictions on the circulation of three conservation daily newspapers and to give the government authority to force newspaper retractions without a court order, respectively. In addition, the ruling voided a restriction that prevented an individual who owned more than half of one daily newspaper from owning the other half. Before the ruling came down, the International Press Institution stated that the laws were having a "negative impact upon South Korea's reputation as a democratic nation."
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