Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (January 31, 2017)
1. The Constitutional Court of Korea that took a break during lunar New Year’s Day began impeachment trial in earnest to complete the trial on President Park Geun-hye before March 13. The president, court, and special prosecutors are expected to have a fierce legal battle as well as investigation and legal defense.
Even the funniest movie can become a boring drag. Let’s finish trial as soon as possible.
2. Chief editor Jung Kyu-jae unveiled the story after he had an interview with President Park Geun-hye. Jung asked whether Park would correct the excessive power of press and mistakes if the impeachment is overturned. The president said that the mistakes would be corrected with the power of people.
From my understanding of the story, she threatens revenge if the impeachment is overturned.
Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (January 26, 2017)
1. After her inauguration, President Park Geun-hye spent more than 300 million won (about US$ 300,000) on her clothes. Special Prosecutors found the evidence that Choi Soon-sil paid the amount for Park after she took office.
Park once said she was married to the Republic of Korea. The country is likely to go bankrupt because we chose wrong daughter-in-law.
2. While an arrest warrant for Choi Soon-sil was executed, Choi caused a disturbance, saying “I am innocent. I was forced to confess” as she was dragged by South Korean special prosecutors. What a lady in facilities management grabbed public attention as she said, “Damn you” three times behind Choi’s back.
Give a damn to whatever Choi has to say. Give a damn to whatever Choi wrote for Park Geun-hye.
3. Le Monde, the French daily newspaper, reported that South Korean prosecutors arrested Culture Minister Cho Yoon-sun and former presidential secretary Kim Ki-chun who were suspected of making a blacklist of cultural figures. The newspaper added that the blacklist is part of Park Geun-hye administration’s governing the country and this added outrage to South Korea as it seriously undermined the freedom of expressions which Koreans hardly won.
What Park has done never ends here. I will keep my mouth shut because I am so embarrassed to tell what her government has done.
Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (January 25, 2017)
1. As Park Han-chul, the president of the Constitutional Court of Korea, resigned as of January, the impeachment condition has changed to six or more the court’s eight (instead of nine) justices rule favor of it. As a result, pundits say that Park deliberately delays the process as she is in a better position in the impeachment trial.
Having unqualified Park as the president is torturing the whole nation. Impeaching Park as soon as possible is the solution to the problem.
2. The New York Times described Choi Soon-sil as a monkey trainer in an editorial cartoon called ‘Heng the South Korean Scandal.’ As Choi plays music box which it says ‘politics,’ a monkey on a leash does some tricks while extorting money from Korean conglomerates
The money who does some tricks must be Park Geun-hye. I am sure real monkeys will be mad.
To see ‘Heng on the South Korean Scandal,’ visit the NY Times website at
Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (January 24, 2017)
1. South Korean President Park Geun-hye denied JoongAng Daily Newspaper’s reports about Park’s involvement with making the blacklist of artists and decided to file a suit against related special prosecutors who offer the source the media. This is the first time since Cheong took a tough stance against media reports after the impeachment motion.
I am not surprised because Cheong Wa Dae has threatened people with filing a lawsuit throughout her term.
Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (January 23, 2017)
1. Conservative groups that opposed impeachment participated in ‘Korean flag assembly against impeachment’ by bringing out a huge American flag and a large-sized banner with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign slogan. The reason why they brought the flag includes US entry into the war, humanitarian relief, strengthening the US and Korea alliance, and Trump’s support to Park Geun-hye.
There is no such country as South Korea that holds Trump’s photo high and waves the Star-Spangled Banner. Should I be happy because the group did not hold the Japanese flag?
Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (January 20, 2017)
1. Cho Yoon-sun, the Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, took the initiative in holding Parents Federation’s assembly against Sewol Ferry rally. The team led by special prosecutor Park Young-soo identified that Minister Cho used conservative groups including Parent Federation to hold pro-government rallies.
We eventually paid our tax to feed these old folks, didn’t we? Well. Well.
Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (January 19, 2017)
1. President Park Geun-hye called for the Constitutional Court to withdraw evidence, which is the work-related notebook belonging to former presidential aide Ahn Chong-bum. The court will consider whether they will accept the demand at the seventh hearing in the impeachment trial today.
Park does not do her homework and blames others. Is she ready to submit what she was asked?
2. As Seongju residents hold the assembly in protest against the installation of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), South Korea’s conservative media and police argue that external force encouraged them to have ralley. However, accordoing to former presidential secretary Ahn-Jeong Bum’s memo, Cheong Wa Dae planned this.
Korea Broadcasting System (KBS)’s epic drama called ‘External Force’ is underway, starring Park Geun-hye, which is organized by Choi Soon-si and directed by Kim Ki-chun.
3. The production company who filmed South Korea’s courtroom drama ‘The Attorney’ based on Burim incident revealed true feeling about the time when the movie was first released to the theater as they suffered from the pressure that original copy of the film would be taken away. Meanwhile, the film called “The Age of Shadows” was excluded from Korea funds of funds as the movie was made by the same production company.
The government’s policy is meant to obliterate Korean culture during Japanese colonial period. That is why many people joined the independence movement.