Magazine article Screen International

Korean Film Council Union Calls for Apology over Blacklisting

Magazine article Screen International

Korean Film Council Union Calls for Apology over Blacklisting

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KOFIC public statement demands apology from its own executives.

As investigations into ex-president Park Geun-hye’s blacklisting of artists continue in South Korea, the labour union of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) today launched a self-critical charge against KOFIC itself regarding its involvement.

The union’s public statement demands an apology from KOFIC executives for participating in the blacklisting efforts; calls on the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to curb its meddling with the government-funded organisation in the face of investigations; and at the same time, urges the ministry to fill the post of KOFIC chairperson, which has been left empty since June.

Head of KOFIC’s labour union, Lim Woojung, speaking to Screendaily said: “It’s a fact that KOFIC worked on the film industry blacklist. When the independent special prosecutor’s investigation revealed this to a certain extent, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, which is KOFIC’s competent ministry, made an apology and bowed its head. …

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