About Us

korea-observer-banner-googlThe Korea Observer is an online newspaper founded in February 2013 with the support of the Seoul City government by award-winning investigative journalist Lee Tae-hoon with the motto, “Be the voice for the voiceless.”

The newspaper is dedicated to delivering Korea-related news that would otherwise be ignored, such as Boeing’s bribery of journalists with sexual entertainment and a Korean bar’s ban of Africans based on fears of Ebola.

Since its inception, the newspaper has broken numerous stories, including human rights abuses by the Miss Asia Pacific World contest; Korea’s denial of entry to ‘pickup artist’ Julien Blanc; and an African American’s rejection for job interviews for being black in Korea .

Its reports have been cited by major media outlets, including CNN, BBC, Daily Telegraph, Al Jazeera, Financial News, Chosun Ilbo and DongA Ilbo.

It pioneers investigative journalism with the use of new media technologies and plays the role of a watchdog.

Anyone with an invaluable insight into Korea or courage to stand up against injustice and unethical practices is always welcome to make a contribution or be a member of The Korea Observer.

Send an email to editor@koreaobserver.com if you are interested in providing support or participating as a Korea Observer.