It was confirmed that the police had conducted a search and seizure of the Chosun Ilbo newspaper. As a result of media coverage of Chosun Ilbo’s accuser and newspaper industry, the anti-corruption and public crime investigation team of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency is currently conducting a search and seizure of some Chosun Ilbo newspapers from the 22nd (Mon) to the 23rd (Tuesday).
Earlier, about 30 lawmakers from the Democratic Party and the Open Democratic Party filed a complaint against the Chosun Ilbo and ABC Association to the National Investigation Headquarters of the National Police Agency on March 18 for violating the National Subsidy Act and fraud. At the time of the accusation, Democratic Party lawmaker Kim Seung-won said, “If the Chosun Ilbo received subsidies and government advertisements from the government with 1.16 million paid copies last year, but only half of the paid copies were received, half of the paid copies were fraudulent, and it is a crime of stealing national taxes. ” he asserted. The police are expected to judge such charges through this search and seizure and decide whether to prosecute.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced on March 16th that the ABC Association office audit announced that “there was a significant difference between the oil price and sincerity rate announced by the ABC Association and the actual oil price and sincerity rate.” The ratio of paid copies to the number of copies) was 62.99%, and the average faithfulness ratio (the gap between the number of newspaper reports and the results of the ABC Association sample office ancillary construction) was 55.37%.” According to the ABC Association, the Chosun Ilbo oil price rate last year was 95% and the faithfulness rate was 98%. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism stopped using the ABC Association as a policy last July.