The Truth Shall Not Sink–Sewol Ad in the New York Times

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“The Truth Shall Not Sink” Second Sewol Ad in the New York Times

A full-page ad was published in the New York Times appealing for the support of the Sewol Ferry Act. This is the second time an ad was published in the New York Times regarding the Sewol ferry. Last May, a full page ad was published demanding the Park Geun Hye administration bring to light the truth about the Sewol ferry disaster.

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The second Sewol ad was published on section A, page 13 of the New York Times on August 17, featuring an image of a sinking upside down Sewol ferry that had been dizzyingly wound with rope and manipulated by two large hands with the accompanying large text “The Truth Shall Not Sink.” Underneath is the following sentence: “Losing a loved one to a deadly accident would be anyone’s worst nightmare. For hundreds of Korean people, the nightmare has yet to come to an end.”

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The ad says, “President Park Geun Hye and the Saenuri Party have shut their ears to the requests of the bereaved family requesting them to find the causes of the incident and prevent its reccurence and are manipulating public sentiment with false rumors. The bereaved families are sleeping in the open in front of the National Assembly Building and have been on a hunger strike for over a month in their efforts to find the truth.”

Also, “The illegally remodeled and overloaded ferry was a product of governmental corruption and corporate greed bred by the deregulation of safety laws.” It stated, “The main causes were brought about by President Park’s absence for 7 hours after this tragic disaster, and the lack of a government disaster status control tower.

The ad says, “The sinking of the Sewol Ferry is a man-made disaster caused by the greed, corruption and incompetence of the government. An independent fact-finding committee with the authority to investigate and right of accusation is the only way to reestablish a safe and democratic Korea full of liberty and justice.

The South Korean Democracy Movement (SKDM) sponsored this ad through online fundraising.

Comments from Naver:


Someone said this. “I remained silent when others were suffering in society. So later on, when I was in such situation, there was no single person who would come forward for me. The words I’m saying right now, and my attitude will eventually come back to me.”


It’s a pity that this Sewol issue seems to be exploited in political disputes.


A proper law that investigates the truth is the sole path that prevents another disaster.


What an international embarrassment, I don’t know where our country going.


The truth has definitely not sunk, but it’s a pity to see there is an intention to sink the truth. It’s not just our people, but the whole world is paying attention, so we need to investigate and bring to light the hidden truth. We can do it through a special law that allows for the authority to investigate and right of accusation.


If you remain silent when seeing other people’s injustice, no one would look out for you when you are put into the same situation. That’s quite scary.


Criminals are afraid of the law and being punished, but the truth is not afraid of falsehoods. If the right to investigate and right to accuse is scary, then you are afraid of the truth. You would become a coward in the eyes of the innocent students who died.


The government is covering their eyes and burying their heads in the sand…How much longer will they be able to cover up the sky with their hands? It would be less embarrassing to have the truth uncovered just one day sooner.


The ad has a great concept. The sentences explain the problem, and the image signifies the Sewol ferry disaster was modified, and fabricated. The establishment of a special law that provides the authority to investigate and right of accusation is surely necessary to find out without a doubt whether there are relations between the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and Blue House and who is responsible. If there is even an inch of ground in the truth finding investigation, there will forever be doubts remaining about our nation’s tragedy.


The Park administration has closed their ears and is driving the country towards danger.


Good job, I hope you put ads in all the advanced countries’ media including the United States.


Even though our country’s president received a report about such a grave situation, her whereabouts for seven hours haven’t been revealed and she nominated Chief Secretary Kim Gi Chun to talk at the hearing. She knew about this.

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  • Chucky3176

    This is a much more complicated problem than the ad lets on. There’s a squabble by three main parties. The squabble is in choosing the committee that will investigate the corruption, prosecution of the guilty, and recommend the right course for the future. The main principle parties involved are, the ruing conservative party, the opposition liberal party, and the surviving family members themselves. After months of squabble, the two political parties came to a decision to choose a committee made out of people recommended by each political parties, as well as some members of the surviving families. However the surviving family members rejected the agreement saying they cannot trust this committee, as well as they cannot trust the prosecutors that was appointed by the president. The family members want all officials in the committee that were recommended by the ruling Conservative party, dropped from the committee. They want this investigation and prosecution free from any input from the current government, and the committee assembled from the people that the surviving family members approves.

    So the NYT ad is misleading. It has nothing to do with lack of democracy, because a bipartisan agreement was already reached by the two political parties according to democratic principles. But the surviving family members were not satisfied with this. So what it does show is that it has everything to do with lack of trust for the government of South Korea. Why this misleading ad is in the NYT, I have no ideal. All it will do is paint a false picture and paint more negative reputation on the country. Certainly explains why people living in foreign countries always have a tough time distinguishing South Korea from North Korea.

    • vincent_t

      Nah, not so hard to distinguish South from the North.
      The North is the 1 can’t wait to tell everyone they are living in paradise, and the South does the complete opposite.

    • commander

      “So the NYT ad is misleading. It has nothing to do with lack of democracy, because a bipartisan agreement was already reached by the two political parties according to democratic principles.”

      A true sense of democracy should reflect the will of the public which I think in this case is to accept the demands from the bereaved families–the will that is still to be spurned by the ruling party.

      The credibility of the government is in crisis not because political parties act on behalf of their voters but president displays no willingness to resolve pending issues and the ruling party is greatly swayed by moves of the occupant in Blue House.

      • John I.B.C. Madison

        Both political parties are offering substantial compensation, benefits, and other gestures of good will to the families.

        Most family members are content with people responsible being brought to justice, a special investigation to analyze the root causes of the incident, a new law to tighten regulations on shipping companies, and a substantial amount of compensation.

        All of these were offered by the major political parties, and then some more (i.e. added boost in college admission for college-age siblings of victims). Most family members were willing and glad to take this offer, with many even declining the special benefit on college admission for reasons of equality.

        BUT, there is a very VOCAL MINORITY of family members (often people with very tenuous connection to victims, such as uncles and estranged fathers coming out of the woods all the sudden) who argue–nay, nag–the government with unreasonable demands.

        These demands include, appointing an “independent” panel, consisting of family members, to investigate the incident and mete out judgement. This is both moronic and unthinkable in a country with a rule of law, as the prerogative of the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate and prosecute citizens in a court of law is right that is enshrined in the Korean penal code, which has NEVER been violated even during the dictatorship era. Moreover, as per the law, a special prosecutor will be appointed by a panel consisting of national assembly members, independent legal experts, and representatives of the victims’ families. SO there is absolutely NO REASON why the government should break its own rule to cater to the frankly illegal demands of a very unrepresentative minority.

        This drive for an so-called independent panel is fueled by conspiracy nutjobs who claim the shipping company’s owner is not dead and is being shielded by the government and other things, very similar to the 9/11 conspiracy nutjobs in the US.

        It is also driven by political backing from “civil society” organizations of questionable affiliation with radical political parties (the one whose member tried to overthrow the South Korean government by receiving weapons and training from North Korea comes to mind) which always appear at every opportunity to criticize the government and bog down the political process with delaying tactics.

      • Chucky3176

        Wow, so you think it’s perfectly normal for the family members to serve as the investigators, prosecutors, and judges? Tell me, what normal democratic country would allow such mob justice to become legal? Only in South Korea, such demands are looked upon as a ‘democracy’ issue.

        • commander

          Hey Chuckey, you has gone too far.

          The track record of the prosecution shows that it is very susceptible to political pressure, especially from presidents.

          The strong claim for ensured participation of the families in the committee to anoint special prosecutors with investigative and prosecutorial powers is to prevent any political clout from hampering impartial probe into the Sewol incident.

          The families want to participate in the setting up of the committee to make sure the appointment of dispassionate special prosecutors.

          You are completely misinformed.

          • Chucky3176

            Commander, the Seneuri Party’s proposal was to form an investigation team out of members from both parties, as well as from people that the family members recommended. In other words, the team is supposed to be made out of all three factions. Therefore I disagree with you that the government would be able to stack the team with their own men and then find the rulings in their favor. In fairness, both the opposition party and the ruling party agreed that this was the best that could be done. How is this not fair? How is this not democratic?

            What wouldn’t be fair is to stack the “independent” investigation team with opposition party members when they have a serious track record of playing politics to score political points with tragedies and incidents such as this. Do you think stacking the investigation team with opposition NPAD party members will be a fair investigation? To me I think what’s fair is to have a mixture of political persuasions to oversee this investigation, and be checks and balances against each other.

        • Patrick K

          Got to agree with the Chuckster on this one. There would be no question, in the west, of the families of victims of a tragedy being directly involved in any inqury.

  • 금정산

    The world paid attention at the time of the disaster and most people sympathised for the friends and relatives of those who suffered a horrendous fate. But very few non-Koreans care about the internal politics of South Korea. If the ad didn’t say “Why are Koreans outraged by President Park Geun-hye”, very few people would know who she is.

    Koreans know this and I suspect posting this ad in the NYT is really an internal validation and enforcement of the SKDM.

  • tomoe723

    I really don’t get this ad. To an outsider, it’s a very politically charged ad. Why would they publish an ad in a foreign country when the source of conflict is at home?

    It’s like telling your neighbor the grievances you might have about your parents’ errors they’ve done in the past. What do they care, are they gonna call the police on that?

    What kind of response does this ad expect to get from American soil? If you’re Korean, can you please enlighten why this ad exists?

    • Daniel Russell

      It accomplishes a few things. First, as stated in the ad, this would never get exposure in Korea. The government would censor it. Second it’s a huge embarrassment for the president, her government and the establishment in general. Thirdly it attempts to brings the issue of the Sewol back to international attention.

      • HaydenG

        Censor?? I see nothing but these people whining about park online. If the government is censoring anything they are doing a really bad job..

        This is a korean article isnt it? why hasnt it been censored??

        • commander

          That you have never seen sanitized reports does not mean that there is no manipulation of public opinion .

          • Chucky3176

            Newsis printed the entire NTY ad for everyone to read. How’s that sanitizing and censoring?

      • John I.B.C. Madison

        First, this issue is the ONLY ISSUE right now that’s getting exposure.

        Second, no, the government will not censor it.
        There is such thing as a constitution in Korea.

        Third, the president has been humiliated and sandbagged over this issue enough. There’s not much she can lose on this issue anymore.

        Fourth, this was a simple traffic accident.
        The culprits have been brought to face their crimes.
        There’s no need for “international attention”.
        We’re not talking about the Syrian civil war or the massacres in Eastern Ukraine here.

    • Patrick K

      Whenever these things get posted, I always wonder why they didn’t get an educated, fully-fluent English speaker to proofread them. They’ll spend tens of thousands of dollars (at least?) on taking out the advert but won’t pay for proofreading. They probably don’t want a round-eyed devil getting involved and spreading their pernicious imperialising influence (although they’re ironically obviously quite worried about US public opinion), but how hard would it be to find a professional kyopo Korean-American proofreader? “TheTruthOfSewol” as the campaign url sounds terrible. I remember the (pointless and expensive) NYT Dokdo ads from a few year back – their English was terrible.

      I also agree that I don’t see much evidence of censorship of the tragedy.

      • Chucky3176

        The ad was taken out by Missy USA – web site with collection of Korean American house wives. They held an internet campaign for donations, with a goal of raising $130,000, but ended up with over $500K.

        • Patrick K

          Fair enough, it was worth doing – but I assumed that the target audience was US readers without any links to Korea. I’d also argue that there are charitable causes a lot more important than donating to an organisation looking to “raise awareness” of the most well-reported non-North Korea-related event in recent Korean history.

    • 금정산

      So that you know, I’m not Korean….

      I don’t think this ad is for an American audience. Not even for Korean Americans.

      This is an extract from comment #5:
      [ … It’s not just our people, but the whole world is paying attention, so we need to bring to investigate and bring to light the hidden truth… ]

      Actually very, very few people outside Korea are paying attention to the internal politics and scandal from this subject. Printing the ad in the NYT will do nothing to change this fact. So why print it?

      To validate the political views and agenda of the SKDM. The movement can now tell its followers that information on the issue is published in the NYT. This raises the prestige of the movement and consolidates the loyalty of its followers in Korea. How many non-Koreans really care about an investigation (to the governments response)? None, but printing the ad fervours the spirit of followers.

      Imagine you are Korean and have strong views against the government on this issue. You then discover these same political views are being spread through the world’s greatest newspaper. Surely you would then hold the SKDM in high regard and at least consider supporting the movement.

      Notice at the bottom of the ad: “Globally crowdfunded by citizens concerned about Korean Democracy”. They want you to believe the movement has global significance and support.

      • Chucky3176

        Bang on with this comment. Most of the support for this organization is coming from the internet. The cost for the ad was collected through internet campaigns including Twitter, Facebook, etc. I wouldn’t be surprised if some foreigners who knew nothing about Korean politics probably did donate. But I agree that this is mostly for Korean domestic consumption, to legitimize this political movement to oust the current government.

      • tomoe723

        Yeah, I understood what you were getting at. After re-reading the ad, it almost seems like they’re using the sewol tragedy for their own political agendas. This is just outright insulting to the victims and the dead. So low.

  • Guest

    “The truth has definitely not sunk, but it’s a pity to see there is an intention to sink the truth. It’s not just our people, but the whole world is paying attention..”

    The world? It seems to me that it’s just a few korean Americans that have access to the local newspaper. I agree with the other comments that this is really nonsensical. America have problems of their own at the moment, and her name is ISIS! So don’t get me started on that. Stop trying to put your government on blast and creating pandemonium, no one is responsible for Korea but Korea. Every country has it’s own injustices and righting wrongs are never easy.

    • ilksiojkekjiojkl

      ISIS is only America’s problem? Ummm no.

    • commander

      “The world” in the sentence metaphorically means groups of conscientious people around the world.

      And those groups would be appalled to know the Sewol ferry disaster for which no one is punished, except the captain and sailors who escaped the sinking vessel first leaving hundreds of passengers drowned to death below deep seas.

  • commander

    It is absolutely right that the scrutiny what was behind the sunken Sewol ferry and mete out punishment for those responsible according to probe findings.

    Bereaved families in the nation’s worst maritime disaster in decades demand that the long overdue investigation should be independent from any political pressure, lay bare the evils causing the incident that took more than 300 lives and administer justice to those reprehensible.

    The Sewol incident highlights the catastrophic nature of national obsession with a “getting things done quickly as soon as possible” spirit, a mental preoccupation that is still hard to eradicate with political standoff hampering legislative bid to look into what went wrong in the incident.

    Some conservative-leaning news outlets have commenced to water down the hitherto unsuccessful legislative attempt arguing, “Considering a protracted slowdown in the economy, it is high time to move past the Sewol incident, which put a damp on the local economy,” in a preposterous insinuation like as if demands from protesting bereaved families make the public sick and tired of it.

    It is deeply lamentable that the legitimate demands from the Sewol families are portrayed as one by radical ones that undermine the stability of the nation.

    It is equally deplorable that some are trying to cash in on the the sunken Sewol for political gains either arguing that all faults are on the ruling party, or claiming that the Sewol ferry is taken advantage of by a pro communist force in the nation to cause a national division.

  • HaydenG

    What a bunch of crack pots. The 300 students died because they were told to stay in the ferry and stayed. In any other country they would have run out on deck but Korean culture dictates that you obey your seniors. Korean culture killed the students.

    Whats even more hair brained is the idea that the government is at fault for a private ferry accident or that they didn’t do anything afterwards.

    The police were so aggressive they drove the owner of the company to suicide. How is that not a response??

    From day one this should have been handled by the courts with a class action lawsuit against the ferry company, not exploiting the situation to bash the results of the presidential election you lost.

    • commander

      The argument that the obedience of high school students aboard the ship Sewol to the stay indoors order from the captain is blamed for the huge casualties from the sunken vessel is hardly persuasive.

      If this crude logic is applied to other cases, we may claim chronic shooting incidents in the United States is a reflection of violent and indiscipline culture there.

      • HaydenG

        no its a reflection of the fact that an extreme minority of people when bullied or isolated turn to violence.

        And it is extremely persuasive especially due to the fact that Korean Airlines was suffering the exact same problem with Korean culture in the cockpit which led to it being one of the worlds most dangerous airlines until bans on heirarchy and korean langauge in the cockpit were instituted by the airline.

        • commander

          I think that description is a matter of perspective.

          Western countries felt marvelous when they saw the prodigious economic development of some Asian countries, including South Korea, saying that the awe-inspiring rapid growth is attributable to their culture that respects seniors and a hierarchy that makes it clear about who is in charge in organizations.

          Now western people criticize the same attributes that brought about the phenomenal economic development as the root cause of the Sewol incident striking on a pessimistic note like this disaster is destined to happen someday.

          What a surprising consistence!

          Considering your saying, frequent shooting rampages is an indication that bullying culture is ripe in the United States, a depiction that is completely biased, parochial and myopic.

          • HaydenG

            there are not frequent shooting rampages. They are extremely rare. And I don’t know anyone who said anything about korean culture during the economic boom.
            It had nothing to do with culture. Any country can experience the same thing given the right conditions namely proper infrastructure and elimination of leftist policies.

          • commander

            Do you really think a shooting spree is a rare occurrence in the United States?

            Do you know your statement implies gun control to stave off innocent deaths is unnecessary because harm from gun violence is outweighed by security gun ownership provides?

            Do you know many crimes in the United States are involved with firearms?

            Your answer to my provocative counter question about any connection between gun violence and bellicose culture is: There are not that many gun violence cases.

            I am taken aback by the logical consistence in your argument. Wow!

          • Patrick K

            Not sure why you’re giving this dude so much shit – he’s correct. Gun rampages aren’t that common in US schools, and if hidebound adherence to hierarchy wasn’t responsible for all of those poor students staying in place while the ship was sinking – what was?

          • Yaminah Jamison

            ….um whoever said those two were talking about school shootings? Shooting rampages do occur a bit often especially in places with gang activity. The only ones that really make on CNN-like news are the school ones.

    • John I.B.C. Madison

      When are we gonna stop hearing about phony, amateur-hour anthropological observation about the “Korean culture” and how it caused the kids to drown.

      People stayed in their cabins, because that’s what the ship’s CAPTAIN said. When your in a ship or an airplane, you GENERALLY don’t go against the captain.

      When Costa Concordia went down, the passengers initially stayed in their cabins despite the ship sinking because the captain said so. Were these passengers also informed by their German, Italian, Swedish, British and American cultures in their decision to follow the captain’s order?
      Had Costa Concordia also took less than an hour to become inescapable like the Sewol did, thousands would have died in that ship. That’s the only difference.

      • HaydenG

        are you joking me?

        Read the headline of that article for me will you?

        I will repeat, Korean culture killed the students just like Korean culture caused Korean Airlines to become one of the worlds most dangerous airlines until western experts advised the airline to implement a ban on all Korean cultural hierarchy between Korean crew and a mandatory English only policy which finally allowed copilots to question the decisions of the pilot when he made a mistake.

        • Joe

          Your ethnocentrism is shining brilliantly today.

          • HaydenG

            Thats a very poor term. ethnicity implies race and this has nothing to do with race

        • John I.B.C. Madison

          The captain initially told them to stay in the cabins, people complied, then it became obvious to everyone that they should escape, and that’s when the captain told everyone to bail .

          In the Sewol, the captain told them repeatedly to stay in the cabins, and then bailed. So after waiting in the cabin for a while, people started bailing out themselves, but many died trying because the ship was capsizing at a rapid pace.

          Again, the only difference is that the Sewol took less than an hour to become virtually inescapable, whereas Costa Concordia took hours to become the same.

          And need I remind you 170+ people got out of the ship before it capsized? I guess they’re the exceptional uber-Koreans?

          • HaydenG

            this is completely wrong. The captain of the Concordia told people to return to their cabins and then abandoned the ship. Thats what the whole trial is about…

            Are you just making stuff up or what?

        • John I.B.C. Madison

          “Korean culture caused Korean Airlines to become one of the worlds most dangerous airlines”

          LOL. Are you kidding me?
          American Airlines has the dubious honor of having the most regular crashes and the most number of crashes in the past 20 years.

          I guess we should analyze the lazy American culture that kills people?

          • HaydenG

            1. That’s wrong. Air France has more.

            2. Even if that was correct that’s not how you measure safety. You need to divide by flights or number of hours.

            3. You used the word “dubious” wrong.

            Korean Airlines had a crash rate 6 times higher than American Airlines by 2004. Its a lot better now

    • bumfromkorea

      This idiotic notion has been thoroughly debunked by multiple sources. The students hesitated because the announcement didn’t just say “stay in your room”. It bellowed, “Stay in your rooms! It’s very dangerous right now if you move around!” By the time people realized “Holy shit, the ship is *actually* still sinking”, the structure of the ship prevented most of them (who were in the lower decks) from reaching topside.

      Excellent coverage of all aspect of the tragedy:

      Also a great coverage:

      • Chucky3176

        What HaydenG means is that if same thing happened to him, and the announcement by the ship’s captain saying “Do not move! It is very dangerous right now if you move!. Stay where you are and do not move!” – and the announcement is repeated every 15 minutes, he would ignore the ship crew’s instructions and start climbing up to the other side to get off the listed ship, because culturally he was taught to disobey authority.

        Ah… the benefit of the hindsight.

        • Patrick K

          Points for making me laugh with this – but come on; we’ve all seen the effect lack of initiative and slavish adherence to authority has on Korean daily life. The same way everyone could come up with dozens of examples of selfish, irresponsible behaviour negatively affecting daily life in the west.

          • Chucky3176

            Look, I don’t disagree with you on lack of initiative and slavish adherence, but I don’t think those were the real factors in this accident. How is that over 100 people got rescued when they didn’t listen to the annoucements? If this was cultural, all 400 people would have stayed where they are and would have died together. But instead, we have a mixture of those listened to the crew and those who didn’t.

          • Patrick K

            You’re never going to have 400 people all acting in exactly the same way in such an extreme situation. My point is, Korean culture skews towards conformity and compliance with authority, however questionable said authority may be.

          • Chucky3176

            Then how do you explain this NYT ad, and all the protests against the government, and all the internet conspiracy theories and rumors going around? I suggest you rethink over your last statement.

          • Patrick K

            Cultural critical mass at the moment in Korea is towards protesting about and questioning the government’s version of and handling of the Sewol tragedy. Very few Koreans are willing to go against the prevailing zeitgeist. Okay babes? x

          • Chucky3176

            Is that so? I thought you just said Koreans would conform and be compliant to authority? Isn’t the government, an authority? So the masses at the moment are inclined to go against the government now eh? Sorry, but that’s furthest from the truth. The opinion is squarely divided down the various lines. The picture you’re trying to draw in your head, is a lot more complicated than you realize.

          • bumfromkorea

            Again, insisting that the culture of obedience overrode their basic human instinct for SURVIVAL is, as one expat blogger noted, an incredibly dehumanizing insult to the victims.

          • Patrick K

            That’s your opinion, and you’re entitled to it – but I’m not saying “lol dumb Kreanzzz lol always followin orders”, and I’m not revelling in the horrific and needless way they died. I’m stating my view.

          • bumfromkorea

            Which is fine. No one is prosecuting you for your opinion. But that doesn’t mean disgusting views made publicly should be protected from public derision.

          • Patrick K

            I don’t remember begging for protection from your scathing deconstruction; and I hardly think my view qualifies as “disgusting”.

          • bumfromkorea

            No, just a pouty declaration of “I’m stating my view”.

            Which, incidentally, is that the Sewol victims drowned because they were automatons following orders (you know what those Asians are like, slavishly adhering to authority). To deny the victims the basic humanity in order to force-fit your ethnocentric frame of mind? Sounds pretty disgusting to me.

        • bumfromkorea

          Chucky, did you watch 1박2일 when it was with 강호동? I’m wondering if the ship that took them to Jejudo from incheon is the same ship.

          • Chucky3176

            No I haven’t watched it, but I wouldn’t be surprised. What was the date of the show?

            By the way, they’re building an undersea tunnel from mainland to Jeju. Pretty soon, we’ll be able to drive down to Jeju Island, instead of the ferry or planes. I’m sure this tragedy had something to do to with approving this project.

          • bumfromkorea

            It was in 08/09 (one of the episodes was the Viewer’s Trip special). It’s really haunting, because you get a decent view of the inside of the ship in that episode…

          • Chucky3176

            hmmm… I’d like to have a see, that’s interesting.. if they still have it as VOD service. I know that another show did a special short documentary on the scumbag captain in 2004, where he appeared as a captain who’s in love sailing the sea or something like that.

  • John I.B.C. Madison

    There’s no truth be “sunken”.

    It’s simple:
    A moronic scum of a ship captain and his equally retarded third mate allowed a series of bad decisions to go unchecked, while mid- and low-level regulatory officials and the shipping company colluded to evade following safety regulations.

    The crew members are now facing life without parole, the shipping company’s owner is dead and his assets seized, multiple government officials indicted, a special prosecutor soon to be appointed with the advice of the national assembly and independent legal experts to investigate the incident,both major political parties kowtowing and throwing money and special benefits at the families of the victims, and theses families standing to cash in millions from both the company and the government.


    • Chucky3176


      The ruling party government didn’t do one thing that mattered the most to these people. They didn’t fire themselves, step down, and put themselves in jail, including the president herself. They want her in jail as well. This is not about punishing those responsible and taking steps to ensure that this never happens again. It’s to score political points and to get rid of a deeply unpopular president (amongst those who support the left parties) through a popular movement to overthrow her through a street rebellion (like what the Koreans did during the 1980’s against Chun Doo Hwan). Unfortunately for them, most Koreans would rather wait for the general elections every five years to decide whether the current party goes or stays. But considering that the ruling party won a land-slide victory in the local elections back in June, it doesn’t look good for the opposition party who tried very hard to take advantage of this issue. This ad is probably a manifestation of the frustrations they currently feel.

  • bumfromkorea

    Yet another full-page NY Times ad that literally no one reads. NY Times is making quite a few bucks off of the Koreans who think Americans read paper NY Times and that they’ll actually care.

    • Chucky3176

      NYT will print anything if you pay them enough. Reminds me of the full page ad in 2002, taken out by bunch of over hysterical Korean (could have been Korean American?), on the same paper, calling for justice against US army personnel for the 2 girls killed in the tank accident. It’s considered an unfortunate accident in the US, but it’s considered manslaughter murder under Korean law. What saved the US army personnel from getting jailed, was the SOFA agreement between US and S.Korea, which lead to widespread anti-American feelings in Korea.

  • Xio Gen

    Shj0 is talking about that Niemöller poem about the Nazis. First they came for the socialists etc etc. For a nation so enamored with Hitler it’s surprising they’ve heard of it.

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