Nation Cannot Be Subject of Libel Suit: NHRCK

This is heartening: from the Korea Times:

The human rights commission concluded that the nation cannot be the subject of a libel suit.

In September of 2009, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) filed a defamation suit against human rights lawyer, Park Won-soon for damaging the reputation of the “state,” making the nation the plaintiff.

The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) reached a conclusion that the state cannot be defamed and be the main body of a libel case in an inside report, Sunday.

  • Sperwer

    Now, if they would only dethrone the Civil Code’s ironclad protection of “reputation” (face) and get rid of the notion that truth is NOT a pre-emptive and fully exculpatory defense to slander/libel, regardless of its effect on someone’s reputation.

  • keius

    We call that censorship in the US. Freedom of speech is a great thing so long as it’s ‘mostly’ the truth. Eye of the beholder and all.

  • ZenKimchi

    That’s some really good news.

  • seouldout

    I bet Jay Leno, Jeremy Clarkson, and the many nameless referees, umpires and judges can sleep better now.