|Founded||June 9, 1954|
|Headquarters||Seoul, South Korea|
|Revised Romanization||Hanguk Ilbo|
Hankook Ilbo (Korean: 한국일보; Hanja: 韓國日報; lit. Korea Daily) is a Korean-language daily newspaper in Seoul, South Korea. As of 2017, it had a daily circulation of about 213,200.
It was previously published by the Hankook Ilbo Media Group, however following an embezzlement scandal in 2013-2014 it was sold to Dongwha Enterprise, which also owns The Korea Times.
Hankook Ilbo tends to be economically centre-right and socially centre-left. Hankook Ilbo is a "liberal" media, but this is different from the meaning of "liberal" in the American political context.
Hankook Ilbo officially doesn't put forward ideology other than "centrism". However, Hankook Ilbo has basically shown a fiscal conservative tone that values "fiscal responsibility". The newspaper has often criticized the Moon Jae-in government's fiscal policy for its lack of awareness of "financial soundness" (Korean: 재정건전성). This newspaper also supports "liberal economy".
In contrast to the somewhat conservative tendency financially, the Hankook Ilbo has some cultural liberal tendency. The newspaper supported LGBT and other minority rights and emphasized "diversity", and also criticized the hatred of obesity in Korean society. In addition, the Hankook Ilbo has a favorable view of feminism.
The liberal Hankook Ilbo newspaper marveled that the U.S. president didn't shake hands in the usual "Trump way" of domineering his counterpart. It also noted that Trump softly tapped Kim on the shoulder and seemed to engage in small talk with him.
... In its statement in the first issue, it declared, “We should carve out a way for commercial newspapers grounded in realism by supporting modern economic theories and advocating a liberal economy”(The Hankook Ilbo, 1984, p.14). ...