Concern raised over South Korean treatment of Bloomberg reporter

The Bloomberg reporter is accused of writing an article that was “borderline treacherous” for insulting President Moon Jae-in. (File/AP)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Concern raised over South Korean treatment of Bloomberg reporter

  • Corncern is mounting over South Korea’s press freedoms
  • Bloomberg reporter singled out over an article claimed to be ‘borderline treacherous’

SEOUL, South Korea: International journalists’ organizations have expressed concern over South Korea’s press freedoms after the country’s ruling party singled out a Bloomberg reporter over what it claimed was a “borderline treacherous” article insulting President Moon Jae-in, resulting in threats to the reporter’s safety.
The Democratic Party said Tuesday that it has no immediate plans to withdraw a March 13 statement by spokesman Lee Hae-sik, who attacked the reporter by name over a September article whose headline described Moon as acting as the “top spokesman” of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the UN General Assembly.
Moon’s office has refused to answer multiple requests for comment. The Blue House responded sharply last week after a conservative lawmaker during a parliamentary speech borrowed the Bloomberg headline to criticize Moon’s diplomacy with Pyongyang.


Bulgaria: Killer of TV journalist gets 30 years in prison

Viktoria Marinova. (AFP)
Updated 23 April 2019
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Bulgaria: Killer of TV journalist gets 30 years in prison

  • Media watchdog Journalists Without Borders had accused authorities of trying to impede the inquest and sweep the crime under the carpet

SOFIA: A 21-year-old man was Monday sentenced to 30 years in prison for the brutal rape and murder of a Bulgarian television presenter, avoiding a life term after confessing to the crime.
Severin Krasimirov, also Bulgarian, was arrested in Germany where he had fled after assaulting and killing Viktoria Marinova on October 6.
A court in the northeastern Bulgarian city of Ruse also ordered him to pay 450,000 leva (230,000 euros, $259,000) to Marinova’s family.
Prosecutors said the crime was “linked to sexual motives and had no links to the profession of the victim.” They added that Krasimirov was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the “brutal rape.”
The court said Marinova, 30, was killed “in a particularly brutal manner” after being grabbed while jogging in an alley along the Danube.
She was due to present a new program in which she pledged to unveil serious cases of corruption.
Media watchdog Journalists Without Borders had accused authorities of trying to impede the inquest and sweep the crime under the carpet.