Extra! Korea

April 11, 2009

Newspaper executive sues lawmakers over actress’ Jang Ja-yeon’s list

Filed under: actors/actresses, celebrities, censorship, prostitution, suicide — extrakorea @ 1:36 pm

Last month actress Jang Ja-yeon committed suicide. A note, said to be written by her, said that she was forced to have sex with some of the biggest executives in the Korean media (broadcasting companies and newspapers). When she tried to refuse, she was beaten. Though one copy of the letter was burnt, another copy was leaked to the press (no one knows which one was the original) and has made its way onto the Internet.

First, some background on Korea’s libel laws. As Brendon Carr explained, in Korea, one person’s right to protect their reputation trumps another person’s right to free speech. Further, telling the truth is no guaranteed defense. Even if you print verifiable facts that are a matter of public record, you can still be sued for libel.

Two lawmakers implicated the senior executive of the Chosun Ilbo newspaper in the actress’ death, and now he is suing the lawmakers for “damaging his reputation.”

In my opinion, if you don’t want your reputation to be damaged, don’t commit crimes. When you commit crimes, you lose your right to protect your reputation. Just my opinion.


It turns out that at least one of the lawmakers, Lee Jeong-hee (also spelled Lee Jung-hee), is a woman, which could help to explain why she wanted to give this pig the humiliation that he richly deserves.


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