Title : THE CENTENNIAL OF THE TONGNIP SHINMUN
Stamp Serial#
1856 
KPC#
C-1405 
MICHEL#
1880 
StanGib#
2190 
Scott#
1868 
Date of Issue
04/06/1996 
Quantity
3,000,000 
Denomination
150 won 
Design
The leading article published in the first issue of the Tongnip Shinmun and So Chae-p'il 
Designer
Won, In-Jae 
Image Area
32mm*22mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5*4 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
April 7, 1996, marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Tongnip Shinmun(The Independant), Korea's first privately-published newspaper.

In the face of the intensifying competition between foriegn powers for strongholds and positions of power on the Korean peninsula, toward the end of the nineteenth century, Korea carried out sweeping reform in all sectors, including political, economic, social and cultural, in a bid to modernize.

Aganist such a backdrop, the Tongnip Shinmun newspaper was launched on April 7, 1896, as a medium for the enlightment of the masses, by So Chae-p'il(Philip Jaisohn), a member of the Independence Club(Tongnip Hyophoe), whose activities were directed toward safeguarding national independence and initiating the modernization drive. Based on the full equality of all people and the doctrine of liberal democracy, the first modern vernacular newspaper was printed in the native Korean scrip(Han-gul) and in English. It maintained a strictly objective posture in its news coverage, transcending factionlism, adopted the colloquial style, and used only pure Han-gul. The Tongnip Shinmun set a major precedent by serving as a vehicle for accurately conveying domestic development from a Korean perspective to the Korean people and foriegners alike against the efforts by foriegn power to bring Korea under their influence. Its fundamental spirit lives on today.

Over the past 100 years, Korean newpapers have championed the crusade for independence and enlightment, self-strengthening and reform, and the anti-Japanese movement, and helped to establish political democracy, while safeguarding the freedom of the press, and sharing their experiences with the Korean people. The Korean Newspapers Association and Korean Newspaper Editors Association designated the 7th, the date on which the first issue of the Tongnip Shinmun was publisged, as Newspaper Day in 1957 and have since held commemorative events every year, always re-emphasizing the social mission and responsibilities of newspapers.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the inaugural publication of the Tongnip Shinmun, the Ministry of Information and Communication in issuing this commemorative stamp, hoping that newspapers will continue to contribute to the building of a dempcratic society through the faithful performance of their role as providers of information and shapers of popular opinion.