The Yonhap News Network published a statement retracting the misinformed content it broadcasted about Christian Gospel Mission’s President Jeong Myung Seok. The statement was published on March 16, 2015.
The Yonhap Television Network (YTN), a 24-hour news network based in South Korea, made the following retraction statement in relation to information recently aired about Jeong Myung Seok.
The broadcast in question occurred between May 22 and July 26, 2014.
YTN published its retractions as follows:
“Between May 22 and July 26, 2014, this news station broadcasted as follows about President Jeong Myung Seok: “President Jung Myung Seok of JMS sexually assaulted female members and then fled to various foreign countries, but was eventually captured by the Chinese police when he was in China and repatriated to Korea,” “He stowed away,” and “He accepted sexual favors as bribes from female members.”
However, after verifying the truth, it was confirmed that the sexual assault charges were dismissed by the prosecutors involved, and he was able to travel overseas lawfully. He returned to Korea several times during his travels and was investigated by the prosecutors about his travels. In these ways, the news broadcasted about Jeong Myung Seok was different from the facts. Even the charge of him accepting sexual favors as bribes was also dropped. It is evident that the reportings on Jeong were not entirely based on fact. Hence, we made the appropriate corrections.
Additionally, it was confirmed that the name JMS is not in fact the ministry’s official name. Hence, we correct it to the ministry’s actual official name, The Christian Gospel Mission.”
The retractions by YTN are the latest in a series of controversies following the JMS ruling in 2009.
Following Jeong Myung Seok’s sentencing, SBS, a major media station in Korea, was found guilty of broadcasting doctored versions of Jeong’s sermons prior to his trial.
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