What Goes Around, Comes Around

The Park administration is angry at a Japanese newspaper and is threatening them with prosecution under the dreaded Korean defamation law.

The Japanese newspaper, Sankei Shimbun, posted an article “President Park Geun-hye, missing on the day of the ferry’s sinking … With whom did she meet at the time?” whose sources mention a Chosun Ilbo column that put forward the notion that the president was having a meeting, of a personal nature, with a Saenuri Dang member, who was also married (cite).

Mind you, I have no interest in anyone’s personal affairs, especially since it has no bearing upon any important issues, however, I do note one thing – isn’t it more than a little rich that one of the sources, mentioned by the Japanese newspaper, was the Chosun Ilbo, the same newspaper that interfered in the political process here, accusing (defaming) then Prosecutor General Chae Dong-Wook with marital infidelity?. . . and the news leak to the Chosun Ilbo about General Prosecutor Chae was a Blue House aide.

Naturally, the local editor of the Japanese newspaper is to blame for repeating this defamation.

  • redwhitedude

    So basically Japanese got suckered into this. How brilliant. Leave it to the Japanese to worsen things with their clumsy attempts at trying to do something useful with Korea.

  • brier

    It is really fun in Korea to watch the goal posts be moved in reference to when something started; happened; or who instigated an action, to suit the particular need of the grieved or prosecuting side. Never any objected, rational, logical analysis. Good fun.

  • Ewnerd Nasalo

    Does Sankei shimbun have operations in Korea? Otherwise, I don’t see how they’re responsible under Koreas laws.

  • RElgin

    . . . The Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office yesterday summoned the article’s author, Sankei Seoul Bureau Chief Tatsuya Kato, for questioning on Aug. 12 and banned him from travelling abroad until its investigation of potential defamation against him is concluded. . .

    Tatsuya Kato is obviously a very naughty man. Maybe the prosecutors will let him off with a light spanking at this years’ Chae Dong-wook Memorial Barbecue.

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    I wonder why the government doesn’t spend money marketing their defamation laws abroad? I guess it just doesn’t bring in the money and tourists like pigtailed, helmet-wearing, pseudo teens singing “ba ba ba ba.”

  • http://www.bcarr.com/ Brendon Carr

    What’s really surprising is the travel ban. When we have corporate-embezzlement cases it is very common for an application for a travel ban to be rejected, allowing the embezzler to get away. I always warn clients that an application will move at a glacial pace (weeks or months rather than hours or days), and a travel ban will be extremely difficult to obtain. But criticize the President, wow, look at ’em scramble.

  • A Korean

    Is it still a felony to criticize the president?

  • bigmamat

    Oh yeah the sex scandal. Nobody really gives a shit if a politician is a crook but let them get caught having sex and everyone pays attention. The whole world is like a bunch of adolescent teenagers.

  • redwhitedude

    Did anybody notice those girls with lady Gaga? All they seem to have amounted to is just a footnote.

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  • http://www.bcarr.com/ Brendon Carr

    Criticize, no, but the rub is they like to claim “defamation” when criticized. Defamation is the crime.

  • A Korean

    The reason I ask is because I had thought there was a law from PCH era that prohibits criticism specifically against the president (it may have been worded as defaming or dishonoring or something along that line). You know how, once a legislation gets in the book, it rarely gets repealed explicitly – once out of favor, they are simply ignored with prosecutors’ discretion (and arbitrarily applied to those who pissed off the “wrong” people).

    Everyday must be an adventure, practicing law in Korea.