The Korea Herald


BBC correspondent criticizes reports that she called Moon communist

BBC Seoul correspondent calls on Korean press to translate her articles fairly

By Catherine Chung

Published : March 20, 2018 - 14:17

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BBC’s Seoul correspondent Laura Bicker expressed her disappointment after learning that some Korean media outlets had misinterpreted her article published on March 10 by insinuating that she had called President Moon Jae-in a communist.

Bicker requested via Twitter on Sunday that the Korean press “translate my articles fairly.” 

(Laura Bicker’s Twitter) (Laura Bicker’s Twitter)

Some conservative media outlets here had portrayed Bicker’s article as supporting their view of President Moon as a malevolent communist.

But the article, titled “Trump and North Korea talks: The political gamble of the 21st Century,” simply described the sharp differences of opinion South Koreans had about their president.
(Laura Bicker’s Twitter) (Laura Bicker’s Twitter)

In it, Bicker said that President Moon was “either a diplomatic genius or a communist set on destroying his country … depending on who you speak to.”

Bicker added that the description of a “communist” came from a right-wing historian in Korea, while the “diplomatic genius” was quoted by a left-wing citizen.

She also posted a Facebook video, in which she talked about the existence of extreme political views in South Korea.

Bicker’s Twitter post was shared over 1,000 times and has garnered considerable attention.

One Twitter user slammed conservative media outlets for misinterpreting Bicker’s article: “Those media outlets, colored by right-wing politics, are trying to taint President Moon Jae-in’s public support by spreading inaccurate, exaggerated information. The lack of an apology and revisions to the published posts is disdainful.”

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