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Journalists Will Be Sued if They Say Anything Negative About Idols...

Here's what a journalist said happened to him when he was going to interview a idol:

So my reaction would be, yeah thats shady. I'm sure he wasnt going to drag the idol but if he wrote his opinion that maybe the song XYZ was so much better than ABC, if the company found that to be "negative" he'd be sued....


But most of the replies were people siding with the company, not the journalist:


Now, this might be a bad example but I do think this is a good reminder that saying a you dont like a song from your bias group isn't you being a hater.

If we blindly love everything our bias group puts out, its a disservice to them. Some idols work really hard to produce what they do and if we dont think critically about what they put out, putting just as much effort into understanding it as they did creating it, that's not cool. It's okay to not love a song, its okay to be disappointed by an MV, etc. It's okay to be a critical Kpop fan :)

What do you think?

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In my opinion, i do and don't agree with him I'm kinda iffy cuz i don't agree with him with having to sign a contract to not throw shade but i also do agree with him cuz i mean it is a little overboard for a company to say "I'll sue you if in our opinion you said something negative about one of our idols" even ill admit its a bit childish but like i can also understand that the company was only trying to protect their idols they just didn't go about it the right way. if what i just said makes any sense😅
journalism is about finding out the truth and asking questions based on facts or speculation to find out more so about the the truth regarding that artist, group or whatnot. it's like taking an exam, sometimes we don't know the question or dont even want to answer the question so we either bullshit it or ignore it. then can I sue the person who created the test, shit I'd be rich then
That is so weird. If they were that paranoid about things being written about a certain artist or group then why even sign them? It's two different extremes though. America is all trash and dirt on stars and Korea is all nice things about the stars when in reality - there are probably a lot of things we don't know about. I wish we could meet halfway but that will never happen 😂😭😭
Honestly, I think that all of these concerns from both the companies and journalists would be lessened if there was some rewording and clarification on what 'negativity' entails. Like if they said, no publication of rumors, outright lies, falsification of facts, etc. because that's negative but then said constructive criticism is okay? Idk...
My main question is what are the laws for free speech in Korea? I know that we her in the US have almost free reign in what we say to the point of what is classified as slander. I can understand the company wanting to protect their idols from blatant slander or lies. Example: The journalist says a certain idol is rude and has no respect for others, or is just a horrible human being to work with, when in reality he may have said one rude thing. When it comes to song A being better than song B, I feel that can't be classified as negative because it's an opinion. In this specific instance we can't really know for sure if the journalist is overreacting or if the company is being over controlling, because we don't know what the company defines as negative, we don't know what the journalist defines as negative, and we don't know what Korean law defines as negative.
korean law definies negative as something that the person can prove had a negative impact on their reputation (ie a company gaining less money or an album selling less) but also, if the person said the album was bad and tbh it was bad, then isnt that just accurate writing? idk, it sounds like the company is too overprotective and shouldnt have agreed to an interview if they felt that reporter would write something negative that they didnt want
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