On the 13th, the People’s Power took legal action against the YouTube channel ‘Voice of Seoul’ and took legal action against the announcement of the announcement of the release of the call recording file of Kim Gun-hee, the spouse of presidential candidate Yoon Seok-yeol.
Reporter Lee of ‘Voice of Seoul’, who spoke directly with Mr. Kim right away, filed a complaint with the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office for violating the Public Official Election Act. filed an injunction application.
The People’s Power has defined the call as a “private call recorded illegally” and is refusing to disclose it as “a mean act of political craftsmanship.”
In response to this, ‘Voice of Seoul’ CEO Baek Eun-jong said in an interview with CBS Radio’s bout this evening that the call between Kim and his aunt was a coverage activity that began after revealing their identity as reporters, and decided to release the call recording file to verify the first lady candidate. stated its position.
Regarding the circumstances of the first phone call with Kim, the People’s Power side claimed that it was a “private call”, saying that the reporter Lee Mo approached Kim “I will help you respond to malicious allegations.”
①Private currency? “I spoke on the phone after revealing my affiliation, name, and reporter’s identity, a total of 53 times”
On the other hand, CEO Baek countered that the reporter aunt who spoke to Mr. Kim revealed his identity and started the call from the beginning as an aunt reporter belonging to ‘Voice of Seoul’. He continued, “I thought I would be terrified and cut off when I heard the word of a reporter, especially Seoul, but Mr. Kim wasn’t like that,” he said.
Initially, it was reported that Kim and the reporter’s phone calls were about 20 times over 6 months from July to early December of last year, and 7 hours’ worth of calls were recorded. , the recording time is 7 hours and 45 minutes.”
‘Voice of Seoul’ is also a broadcast featuring Jeong Dae-taek, who is in a court case with Yoon Seok-yeol’s mother-in-law. CEO Baek asked, “From Kim’s point of view, he would have wanted to know how he and Jung Dae-taek were doing this kind of broadcast in Seoul’s voice,” he asked. .
He added, “Kim Geon-hee wanted to know information about the sound of Seoul, and the reporter wanted to cover Kim Geon-hee, and because it was right, there were 53 direct calls and information was exchanged.”
In response to the People’s Power’s claim that the reporter’s aunt was a ‘photographer’, CEO Baek said, “It’s a language game to disparage the reporters for the Voice of Seoul. A reporter who made a special report about the former mayor of Gangnam-gu,” he added.
②Why is it revealed so late? “The public’s right to know the verification of the first lady candidate”
However, even if they revealed their identity as a reporter and talked on the phone, there is still controversy over whether it is appropriate to disclose the call recording file. There is a lot of talk about whether or not to ask Kim for consent to record and disclose the call, and why the file was handed over to other media outlets without writing an article after the interview.
In response, CEO Baek argued that the disclosure of the call recording was inevitable in terms of ‘the people’s right to know’ in the field of verification of the presidential candidate’s denial. “If Kim was a regular housewife, there could be talk of invasion of privacy, but Kim is the wife of the presidential candidate, and if candidate Yoon Seok-yeol becomes president, isn’t he the one who will give enough advice from behind?”
CEO Baek countered, “The verification of these people is of course necessary, but to say that it is an invasion of privacy depending on how the verification was conducted is only a one-sided claim of the people’s power.”
As to the reason for handing over the recording of the call to MBC without directly reporting it, he answered, “It is to increase the credibility of the (recorded file) so that more people can see it.” It was said that it was judged that riding the radio waves of a reputable terrestrial broadcaster would have a higher ripple effect, but CEO Baek said, “If we say that it is the voice of Seoul, we think that it is a biased YouTube media, so if we report it, I doubt that ‘Isn’t that a lie’? I gave it to a public broadcaster because I can have it.”
③Why did you hand it over to MBC? “To increase credibility… We will not report the voices of Seoul”
The interrogation of the request for injunction to stop broadcasting, which Kim’s side filed against MBC, will be held on the 14th. When asked about the follow-up response if the MBC broadcast is canceled because the application for injunction is cited, CEO Baek said, “We plan to provide not only MBC but also other major media outlets such as KBS and SBS if they will.” “In terms of the public’s right to know. I will do that so that it can be widely known to the public by mobilizing all means.” However, he drew a line that ‘Voice of Seoul’ had no intention of directly reporting the call recording file.
When asked repeatedly whether the release of the call recording file was in line with the ‘right to know of the people’, CEO Baek said, “What is the position of Mr. Kim between Mr. Kim and Candidate Yoon, and what kind of work Yoon does during his time as prosecutor general? Isn’t it a very important part of how the contents went?” He repeatedly emphasized the need for verification of Kim, saying, “I don’t know if Mr. Kim lives abroad. did.
The content of the call also contains politically sensitive content such as criticism of the Moon Jae-in government, the prosecution investigation of former Justice Minister Cho Kuk, and the absence of a witness to the state audit of Jeong Dae-taek, who has been litigating with Yoon’s mother-in-law for decades, as well as related content surrounding Kim’s private life. known to be
Regarding Mr. Kim’s recent apology to the public for a false career problem and stating, ‘I will only play my role as a wife, not at all’, CEO Baek said, “It is a story that can deceive the people in an election campaign. It is a nonsense that cannot be fulfilled. see,” he claimed.
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