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'Screen Quota to Remain Unchanged'

2006/01/21 | Permalink | Source

The Culture and Tourism Ministry says it will maintain the screen quota system to protect domestic movies, denying reports of a possible cut due to U.S. pressure.

Ministry spokesman Moon Jung-suk on Friday said the quota will remain unchanged.

The quota requires the country's theaters to show domestic films for 146 days a year, or 40 percent of their screenings.

The culture ministry has the final say on the quota, but the foreign and the finance ministries are pushing for change given upcoming talks with the United States on a free trade agreement this year.

With lobbying from Hollywood, Washington wants the quota cut to 76 days but has never made its demand public for fear of fueling anti-American sentiment in South Korea.

Reported by KBS World Radio

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