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Sector7G



Joined: 24 May 2008

PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:56 am    Post subject: Hoax Report on Ferry Tragedy aired...... Reply with quote

What could possibly motivate someone to do something like this?

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/04/116_155679.html

Bigmouth citizen angers nation with fabricated report on Sewol tragedy
By Ko Dong-hwan

A woman intentionally made a false television report on a cable news channel about ongoing situations at the Sewol ferry accident site, Chosun Ilbo said Thursday.

Hong Ga-hye, claiming to be a civilian diver volunteering to help rescue the missing passengers, provided a live report on channel MBN this morning.

Hong said a survivor has been spotted inside the ferry and was heard by one of the rescue divers.

She said collaboration between the government and civilian divers has been terrible, and there aren’t enough supplies of rescue equipments.

She also said she heard one of the authorities advising civilian divers not to sweat it with the rescue works and leave the site.

But around 10:20 a.m., an entertainment news reporter named Kim Yong-ho, claiming he knows Hong well, posted on Twitter Hong’s report was all lies and MBN was tricked by her.

Kim wrote on his SNS Hong’s past is filled with controversial phony testimonies, including her claims she is cousin of a member of a hallyu girl group T-ara, and girlfriend of a baseball player.

Following Kim’s online revelation, MBN’s chief of reporting bureau appeared on the news program around 1:50 p.m., and apologized for releasing Hong’s report.

He bowed while admitting the network unintentionally confounded victims’ families, the government, coast guards and volunteer rescue workers.
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TheMeerkatLover



Joined: 26 Mar 2009

PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The accepted standards of journalism in this country are often shockingly criminal.

KT, Herald and Chosun English versions published extremely biased reporting based on 'witnesses' that most likely don't exist.

KT's reporting of Apple products by Kim Yoo Chul are extremely biased.

On-air news reporting isn't much better. Fan death as fact. Conspiracy theories about SARS and other nonsense are done so often here it seems like the norm.
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Sector7G



Joined: 24 May 2008

PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KT appears to agree with you...

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2014/04/316_155641.html
Media coverage on ship sinking has been pathetic

By Kim Tong-hyung

It was 11 years ago when the public recoiled from the sensational media coverage of the subway arson attack in Daegu that killed nearly 200 people. The harsh criticism forced the Journalists Association of Korea to announce a set of guidelines for its members on reporting disasters and major accidents:

Do not allow your reporting to disrupt rescue efforts; do not provoke unnecessary fear; thoroughly evaluate uncertain claims to prevent misinformation; do not force victims or their family members into interviews; reduce the use of close camera angles; do not use pictures and videos that are excessively shocking or provocative; refrain from revealing personal details of the survivors and the dead.

Those are seven rules for journalists to live by. Too bad they matter only until the next deadly event.

In a surprise to not many, the Korean media coverage of the Jindo ferry disaster overall has been sloppy, unintelligent and somehow naive and unethical at the same time........................................................
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Savant



Joined: 25 May 2007

PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am still mystified how easy access is for anyone with a news camera to move around a hospital in this country.

I, remember, for the recent Asiana crash, the hospital updated the media outside the hospital but here it seems the media are privileged to walk unrestricted sticking their cameras into the faces of those under stress.
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jvalmer



Joined: 06 Jun 2003

PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Savant wrote:
I am still mystified how easy access is for anyone with a news camera to move around a hospital in this country.

I, remember, for the recent Asiana crash, the hospital updated the media outside the hospital but here it seems the media are privileged to walk unrestricted sticking their cameras into the faces of those under stress.

Remember, Korea's free press is pretty young. Korea really has had a free press for the last 20 years. And within the first 10 years the internet became widely available. And you still have the big conglomerates that still act like it's the old days and bribe, threaten and try to dictate what the press says about them. Like anything, it takes time, and incidents, like this for a country's media culture to become more professional.
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On the other hand



Joined: 19 Apr 2003
Location: I walk along the avenue

PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jvalmer wrote:
Savant wrote:
I am still mystified how easy access is for anyone with a news camera to move around a hospital in this country.

I, remember, for the recent Asiana crash, the hospital updated the media outside the hospital but here it seems the media are privileged to walk unrestricted sticking their cameras into the faces of those under stress.

Remember, Korea's free press is pretty young. Korea really has had a free press for the last 20 years. And within the first 10 years the internet became widely available. And you still have the big conglomerates that still act like it's the old days and bribe, threaten and try to dictate what the press says about them. Like anything, it takes time, and incidents, like this for a country's media culture to become more professional.


Well, if the concern(as expressed by Savant) is that the press is too intrusive about going into hospitals, then that really isn't an issue of the press lacking freedom. If anything, the problem would be TOO MUCH freedom, or at least too much mobility for its reporters.

For myself, if we look beyond the narrow issue of who can and can't take pictures in a hospital, it seems to me that western media really don't behave with much tact and decorum either.

For example...

Granted, that particular paper is not known for good taste, but still, we can all probably think of more respectable outlets that don't hesitate to show images of tragedy and carnage.
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Sector7G



Joined: 24 May 2008

PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Police hunt civilian diver over rescue allegations
By Kang Hyun-kyung

Police are looking for Hong Ga-hye, a civilian diver, for making groundless remarks about the Coast Guards’ rescue efforts and the people missing from the capsized ship Sewol during an interview with a TV channel.

Police have obtained an arrest warrant to detain her.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/04/116_155759.html
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cabeza



Joined: 29 Sep 2012

PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is reported that mythomanic/serial imposter Hong Ga Hye turned herself in to the police around 2000KST on the 20th. An arrest warrant had been issued following her fake interview with MBN on the 18th, where she falsely claimed to be a civilian diver and stated, “Government officials prevented [me] from diving and said to just fill in time and go. Survivors inside the ship have been discovered. Rescue workers told families of the missing that there was no hope.” Immediately after the interview, she had gone completely under the radar. She stated psychological stress as the reason for turning herself in.

She is also known for pretending to be former T-ara member Hwayoung’s cousin, publicly denounced the group in 2012 during the bullying controversy, effectively halting the popular Kpop group’s activities single-handedly. She is not related at all to Hwayoung. She also pretended to be a Tokyo resident during the 2011 Fukushima disaster during an MBC news interview. She is also infamous for starting dating rumors about various baseball athletes, claiming that she had dated several of them and had gotten pregnant.


What a fucking nut bar.
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jvalmer



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On what grounds would she be charged? People make 'fake' reports all the time on late-night. Or are Koreans more an... 'sensitive' to people faking things that they made ridiculous laws for it?
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Fox



Joined: 04 Mar 2009

PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jvalmer wrote:
On what grounds would she be charged? People make 'fake' reports all the time on late-night. Or are Koreans more an... 'sensitive' to people faking things that they made ridiculous laws for it?


"허위 사실을 유포한 혐의로 체포영장이 발부된..." The warrant was issued on a charge of spreading false information.
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jvalmer



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fox wrote:
jvalmer wrote:
On what grounds would she be charged? People make 'fake' reports all the time on late-night. Or are Koreans more an... 'sensitive' to people faking things that they made ridiculous laws for it?


"허위 사실을 유포한 혐의로 체포영장이 발부된..." The warrant was issued on a charge of spreading false information.

Interesting, so is she liable for someone getting physically hurt? Maybe public mischief that harms the public interest? But I think that's a stretch in this case. Sure some people maybe emotionally hurt, but then almost everyone can be brought up on charges for hurting someone emotionally. Maybe it's much easier prosecuting someone for this in Korea than in other countries.

I personally think arresting her is a waste of time. She maybe insensitive, and untactful. But I hardly consider what she did criminal.
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aq8knyus



Joined: 28 Jul 2010
Location: London

PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Savant"]I am still mystified how easy access is for anyone with a news camera to move around a hospital in this country.

I, remember, for the recent Asiana crash, the hospital updated the media outside the hospital but here it seems the media are privileged to walk unrestricted sticking their cameras into the faces of those under stress.[/quote

I was watching a KBS news debate about how the press has acted and continues to act in regards to victims and their families.

There seemed to be mutual agreement that what they are doing is wrong and the only way to stop it is to strengthen the laws. The professor cited the US and UK as examples to follow.

Also apparently there were special guidelines drawn up in the wake of the Daegu Subway disaster by the Journalists Association of Korea. It addressed exactly that point about going around hospitals sticking cameras in peoples faces. They have since just released an updated version outlining the same points.

Talking of the Daegu fire, I just read how the train driver told everyone to stay put and then later ran off with the master key trapping and ultimately killing 79 people inside the train.
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wishfullthinkng



Joined: 05 Mar 2010

PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheMeerkatLover wrote:
The accepted standards of journalism in this country are often shockingly criminal.

KT, Herald and Chosun English versions published extremely biased reporting based on 'witnesses' that most likely don't exist.

KT's reporting of Apple products by Kim Yoo Chul are extremely biased.

On-air news reporting isn't much better. Fan death as fact. Conspiracy theories about SARS and other nonsense are done so often here it seems like the norm.


if you are comparing it to western journalism then western journalism is really no better.

yes news reporter, news about a cat getting stuck in a tree is great news instead of the things that are actually important, like, you know, world events.

as awful of a movie as it was, anchorman 2 hit the nail on the head with the car chase scene.
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