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

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.


Maradona of Aabdine, Lebanon? Looking back at the TV show that revealed it

Updated 26 November 2020

Maradona of Aabdine, Lebanon? Looking back at the TV show that revealed it

  • The football legend died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 60 after battling health issues and undergoing emergency surgery for a subdural haematoma several weeks ago

LONDON: Amid news of the death of Argentinian football superstar Diego Maradona on Wednesday, a Lebanese television clip that claimed he was originally from Lebanon has resurfaced on social media.

The Future Television show, Sire w Infatahit, hosted by award-winning journalist Zaven Kouyoumdjian, was the first to reveal the claim that Maradona originally hailed from the town of Aabdine in north Lebanon.

“There are people who left Aabdine to go to Argentina. However, they were only able to travel on ships because there were not many,” a man from Aabdine said in a report from the show.

“So they left on board the Titanic, which later sank but, one of them survived. One of their relatives is the great football legend, Maradona.

“Even after he became an international superstar, they came back to the village asking about their relatives in order for him to meet them.”

The football legend died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 60 after battling health issues and undergoing emergency surgery for a subdural haematoma several weeks ago.