Former Journalist Given Suspended Jail Term in Corruption Trial

Ben Cho, Feb. 13, 2018, 8:40 a.m.

A Seoul court on Tuesday meted out a suspended jail term to a former chief editorial writer of South Korea's top daily, Chosun Ilbo, for having accepted bribes in return for writing favorable stories for a debt-ridden local shipbuilder. The Seoul Central District Court gave Song Hee-young a one-year jail term, suspended for two years, and ordered him to pay some 1.47 million won (US$1,354) in forfeiture.

Song has been accused of having taken large sums of money, golf trips and other treatments in return for writing favorable editorials and columns on Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. "Forsaking the obligation as a journalist, (Song) sought private interests by personally using his status and authority as the chief editorial writer of the newspaper," the court said in its ruling.

The court also gave a suspended prison term to Park Su-hwan, a former chief of a local public relations agency, who has been charged with providing the alleged money to Song on behalf of the shipbuilder.

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