It’s time for the back briefing. Let’s start with our news storyteller,메이저사이트 reporter Jin Kyu Park.
The case of Jung Yoo-jeong, who murdered a woman in her 20s. Once again, there are growing calls for the release of real faces, not just ID photos.
Why can’t we release mug shots like the U.S., we’ve been talking about this every time there’s a violent crime?
Yes, we do. In the case of Jung Yoo-jeong, her mugshot was released a week ago, but you can’t be sure that the mugshot is the same as her current appearance. Jung Yoo-jeong’s face was released when she was sent to the prosecution, but you couldn’t see her face because she was wearing a hat and a mask. In the case of Jeon Jeon-hwan in the Sindang Station murder case last September, the mugshot released and the face released during the prosecution were too different, so it was also controversial.
There were also reports that even high school classmates couldn’t recognize Jung Yoo-jeong’s mugshot. Mugshots, are we not allowed to release them at all in Korea?
It is possible, but most of the time it is not released because the suspect has to give consent to release the mugshot, not the ID photo. So far, there has only been one case where a mugshot has been released. That was two years ago, in the murder of my ex-girlfriend’s family.
So, since this is such a controversial issue, it seems like there should be some discussion about changing the law in some way, at the legislative level?
Well, there are already bills that have been introduced that are similar to this that would require the release of current mugshots, not past photos. There are seven of them now, and they’ve been introduced by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, so this is something that needs to be discussed in earnest.
[Rep. Jeong Jeong-sik/Korea’s Power (parliamentary secretary, yesterday): As there is considerable consensus among the ruling and opposition parties on this issue, our parliamentary committee will discuss this issue as soon as possible to effectively guarantee the public’s right to know…]
We’ll see if there’s really concrete action this time, let’s see the next keyword…
I think it’s hard to describe it other than miracle, because after 40 days, four children have been rescued safely from the Amazon jungle… On the first of last month, a light aircraft crashed in the Amazon jungle in southern Colombia, and the adults were found dead, and the children were unaccounted for, and it was a miracle…
At 40 days, I’m like, “What a miracle. What are the ages of the children?
They’re 13, 9, 4, and 1. They must have really stuck together and survived in the jungle. They’ve been taken to the hospital, and once they’re stabilized, I think the focus will be on how they survived the 40 days.
First of all, when the kids disappeared right after the accident, we searched for them, and we found baby bottles, pieces of leftover fruit. So, the Colombian authorities were very hopeful, and they continued to search, and they did a massive search, even recording the children’s grandmother’s voice and broadcasting it from a helicopter, saying, “Don’t move anymore.”
And why did you put “for real this time” in the keyword?
Because three weeks ago, two weeks after the accident, there was a huge misreporting incident that the children were rescued, and the president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, came out and tweeted, “The children have been found,” “The joy of the nation,” and that was a misreport, a misinformation. The media around the world, including in Korea, were reporting that it was a miracle, and then the Colombian president deleted the tweet again, saying, “The information has not been confirmed.” And then I kind of forgot about it, and then today I saw the news that four children were rescued again, and it was very surprising.
I think the whole world is surprised. The name of the search operation was called “Hope” in Korean, and it’s true. That’s all for now. I’m Jin Kyu Park, reporter.