This paper analyzes chronological changes regarding embryonic stem cell bioethics, by using 1,625 newspaper article contents between January 1, 2000 and February 3, 2006, For this purpose, it first divided the whole period of analysis into eight phases according to major events.

Results show that the media portrayed more positive contents than negative ones over the time period. In terms of issues, it is noticed that egg donation, cloning, and religious concerns were the most frequently mentioned issues. Table 2 also shows that, in spite of some exceptions, issues generally became more specific in later phases than before.

It is also found out that Hwang was the most influential source of information except journalists.

Considering journalists represent the group of reporters from various newspapers, it is hard to ignore Hwang's uncomparable power over the media.

Although Hwang's scandal provided an opportunity for the Korean people to realize the importance of bioethics, the Korean society lost a series of opportunities to reach an agreement regarding bioethics. Considering these limitations, this paper suggests the cooperation between bioethicists and science reporters to avoid another scandal in the future.

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Bioethical debates on embryonic stem cell research in Korean newspapers

Bang-Ook Jun   Kangnung National University

Manjae Kim   Kangnung National University

This paper analyzes chronological changes regarding embryonic stem cell bioethics, by using 1,625 newspaper article contents between January 1, 2000 and February 3, 2006, For this purpose, it first divided the whole period of analysis into eight phases according to major events.

Results show that the media portrayed more positive contents than negative ones over the time period. In terms of issues, it is noticed that egg donation, cloning, and religious concerns were the most frequently mentioned issues. Table 2 also shows that, in spite of some exceptions, issues generally became more specific in later phases than before.

It is also found out that Hwang was the most influential source of information except journalists.

Considering journalists represent the group of reporters from various newspapers, it is hard to ignore Hwang's uncomparable power over the media.

Although Hwang's scandal provided an opportunity for the Korean people to realize the importance of bioethics, the Korean society lost a series of opportunities to reach an agreement regarding bioethics. Considering these limitations, this paper suggests the cooperation between bioethicists and science reporters to avoid another scandal in the future.

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