OUTRAGE GROWS IN SOUTH KOREA OVER FERRY TRAGEDY
|Yesterday in Ansan, South Korea, the hometown of the most of the Sewol Ferry tragedy victims. People are very angry with the government and the mainstream media.|
Why are Sewol families so angry with the media?
Some media coverage of the tragic ferry sinking has been inaccurate and reporters’ behavior has at times been insensitiveThe reason grief-stricken family members of victims in the Sewol ferry sinking headed for the Blue House [house of President Park Geun-hye] on May 9, carrying portraits of their children, was remarks by KBS newsroom chief Kim Si-gon that triggered an explosion of pent-up distrust and frustration with the media’s reporting on the disaster and its aftermath. What sent the relatives into the streets was a combination of repeatedly inaccurate reporting, the failure to cover family members’ criticisms of the government’s irresponsible behavior, and boorish behavior by reporters at the scene.
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