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President Yoon Suk Yeol’s Press Secretary Gets Into A Heated Confrontation With An MBC Reporter

The newest confrontation follows a sequence of clashes between MBC and the President.

Korean President, Yoon Suk Yeol‘s Press Secretary, got into a heated confrontation with an MBC reporter on November 18.

President Yoon Suk Yeol | Hankook ilbo

According to a Yonhap News report, President Yoon Suk Yeol spoke with reporters on his way to his Presidential Office, where he deflected his critics’ assertions that his determination to ban an MBC reporter from boarding the presidential jet violated the liberty of the press.

You can criticize me freely. I’m open to criticism from the press and residents. (The determination to ban the MBC reporter) was a measure partly to uphold the structure.

— President Yoon Suk Yeol

The President then doubled down on his declare that MBC’s reporting of the President’s alleged blunder, during which he allegedly makes use of alternative language when referring to American lawmakers, was false news and immediately threatened the safety of the nation.

As a lot as freedom of the press is essential, so is the accountability of the press when contemplating its position as one in every of democracy’s pillars. It turns into extra so when it includes the safety of the nation’s residents. (MBC) maliciously tried to undermine an alliance key to the safety of our nation by spreading false news.

— President Yoon Suk Yeol

An MBC reporter who was on the briefing then requested, “What did MBC do that was malicious?” At which level, in accordance with a Hankyoreh report, the President’s Press Secretary, Lee Ki Jeong, stepped in and chastised the reporter.

It is impolite to talk to the President in that method when he’s leaving.

— Lee Ki Jeong, Presidential Press Secretary

The MBC reporter then appealed the Press Secretary’s remarks asking, “Can’t I even ask a question?” The confrontation quickly grew to become heated when the Press Secretary replied, “It ended after (the President) spoke,” with out utilizing honorifics, to which the reporter objected.

Lee Ki Jeong (left) and MBC reporter (proper) | Huffington Post Korea

According to the news report, the 2 would then interact in a close to shouting match that will final practically two minutes.

The newest confrontation follows a sequence of clashes between MBC and the President’s workplace. Recently, the President had been criticized for banning MBC reporters from boarding the presidential jet as a part of his official journey to South East Asia.



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