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University Instructor Indicted for Caricaturizing the President


 

By: Yeseul Christeena Song

Prosecutors have attempted to indict university instructor, Park Jeong-su, 41, on charges of defacing public property. Park and four university students had spray painted a picture of a rat on several G20 Seoul Summit promotional posters; the rat is often used to caricaturize South Korean president, Lee Myung-bak.

Prosecutors felt that Park had gone beyond his right to freedom of expression, stating that Park had, “laid out a scheme to tarnish the nation for hosting the important G20 event.” Prosecutors denied criticism of abuse of authority to indict Park based on political aims.

Civil groups have criticized the prosecution, citing the infringement of Park’s “right to freedom of opinion and expression; including freedom to hold opinions without interference” and Park’s “right to freedom of thought,” both upheld by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Liberal groups also expressed concern over the administration’s over-reaction to harmless satire and the stifling of independent, free opinion.

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