[ View the story "South Korean channel films suicide" on Storify] South Korean channel films suicide Network's actions ignite debate on media ethics.
The Stream· Mon, Jul 29 2013 12:42:39
Photos of the cameraman at the scene quickly circulated online. One person tweeted:
"While Sung Jae-ki is about to jump in the Han River, this is what KBS is doing".
Another person tweeted a close-up photo showing the KBS logo on the camera and wrote:
"It's true then that KBS was the one who filmed Sung Jae-ki's jump. While it seems KBS' behaviour and press ethics will be considerably debated, what about the issue of the president stepping down".
Blogger Huh Jae-hyun tweeted:
"I don't understand KBS' explanation. They arrived at the scene without taking action and Sung Jae-ki just fell. If you look at pictures, the KBS reporter has a camera fastened on his shoulder looking extremely calm. With the time it takes to strap on the camera, you could run to Sung Jae-ki and grab him by the arm".
KBS 해명이 이해가 안되는군요. 현장에 도착했는데 조처를 취할 새도 없이 성재기가 떨어졌다는건데. 사진을 보면 KBS 촬영기자는 매우 차분하게 이엔지 카메라를 어깨에 매고 있습니다. 카메라 맬 시간에 뛰어가서 성재기 팔부터 붙잡겠습니다.허재현
Another South Korean tweeted:
"How hard can it be... Sung Jae-ki was foolish. What value did KBS think it could add by putting the camera there. Truly an absurd cameraman".
얼마나 힘들었음 ..성재기님 바보어른이였네요.kbs카메라는 무엇을 담기위해서 그자리에 있었던걸까.참 어이없는 카메라맨들 .복뎅이
The publicity surrounding Sung Jae-ki's suicide has also been controversial. He was the leader of "Man of Korea", a contentious web forum advocating men's rights. He
the jump in advance as a media stunt to spread awareness about and raise funds for the group.
Sung was filmed by two members of his organisation, in addition to the KBS cameraman:
성재기를 좋아하지 않지만 그의 투신은 당혹스럽다. 그 현장에 카메라 들이대고 취재한 KBS. 경악스럽다. 내가 낸 수신료가 이런 반인륜적 만행에 쓰인단 말인가. 이것이 공영방송인가. pic.twitter.com/tf7VliVAHT뮬란
Sung posted a
message on his organisation's website and also tweeted on July 24: “Tomorrow I will jump from the Han River". He goes on to list his successor for Man of Korea in case he doesn't survive.
성재기, 내일 한강에 투신하겠습니다.남성연대 제 2대 상임대표는 한승오 사무처장입니다.여러분 리트윗 부탁드립니다.특히 美성년 여러분, 리트윗을 도와주십시오.여러분의 '콩'이 희망입니다
His Twitter account also sent out the following photo with the words: "I know this act is shameful. I'm sorry. I'll reflect on this for the rest of my life". It was later deleted but screenshots like the one below were widely circulated.
Jaehwan Cho commented:
"I wonder how KBS will look at the death of Sung Jae-ki. While mourning the deceased, if KBS only repeats that it has no responsibility, I think KBS has lost its function as a media organisation. It's necessary for KBS to take responsible action at this time".
KBS는 성재기 남성연대 대표 죽음을 어떻게 바라볼지 궁금합니다. 고인의 대한 애도만 하면서 KBS에는 책임이 없다는 입장만 반복하면 KBS는 언론사로서의 기능을 잃었다고 생각합니다. KBS의 책임있는 조치가 필요할 시점입니다.Jaehwan Cho 조재환