YouTuber who claimed ‘Cho Kuk had a meal with Judge Park Geun-hye’… Daebeopseo collection confirmed

YouTuber who claimed ‘Cho Kuk had a meal with Judge Park Geun-hye’…  Daebeopseo collection confirmed

6 months in prison, 1 year probation

A suspended sentence was confirmed for Woo Jong-chang, a former reporter for Monthly Chosun and operator of the YouTube channel ‘Lies and Truth’, who was put on trial on charges of defaming former Justice Minister Cho Kuk.

On the 23rd, the 1st Division of the Supreme Court (Chief Justice Oh Gyeong-mi) confirmed the lower court sentence of 6 months in prison and 1 year of probation in the appeal trial of Mr. Woo, who was indicted on charges of violating the Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection (Defamation). revealed.

According to News 1, Mr. Woo posted on his YouTube channel in March 2018, ‘Right before Choi Seo-won (formerly Choi Soon-sil’s name change) was sentenced in the first trial, former Minister Cho, who was the senior secretary for civil affairs at the time, and Seoul Central District Court Chief Judge Kim Se-yoon went to a Korean restaurant near the Blue House. It was broadcast that “I had a meal at”.

In response, former Minister Cho sued Mr. Woo for defamation. The first trial sentenced Mr. Woo to eight months in prison and placed him in court custody.

The court said, “The content of the broadcast is that the victim, who was the senior secretary for civil affairs at the Blue House, met with the presiding judge of former President Park Geun-hye’s first trial and had a meal together in the period before the conclusion of the defense and the pronouncement of the verdict, which is very likely to cause the misunderstanding that the Blue House is trying to intervene in the trial.” “It is serious content,” he pointed out.

In addition, “The defendant was dissatisfied with the series of events that led to former President Park’s impeachment and criminal trial, and broadcast false information based on vague speculation without any rational basis or verification process,” he said. “It is difficult to view this as an act of surveillance and criticism as a broadcast, such as raising a claim and calling for an investigation,” he criticized.

He then explained the reason for the sentencing, saying, “The reputation of the victim and the judge has been seriously damaged,” and “Nevertheless, the defendant has not yet been forgiven by the victim and has shown no remorse.”

Mr. Woo appealed against the first trial’s ruling, and the second trial sentenced him to six months in prison, less than the original sentence, and one year of probation.

The court pointed out, “The defendant stated as if the information in the report was sufficiently reliable, but failed to provide acceptable grounds,” and added, “Even though he received a reply from the Blue House spokesperson before editing the video saying that there was no meeting, he did not reflect this.”

He added, “Even though I recognized the importance of factual reporting through my long career as a reporter, I broadcast it in a way that raised suspicions without verification,” and added, “Even though the report was not confirmed to be true, I neither corrected the information nor revealed my position.”

However, “It does not appear that the broadcast was made for personal economic gain or with personal feelings or interests toward the victim,” and “Although it was a formality, efforts were made to confirm the truth before broadcasting, and we did not definitively determine that it was the truth.” “It was very elaborate.

Reporter Kim Hyun-joo [email protected]

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