South Korean Human Rights Monitor

Sewol Ferry Tragedy


Disaster Media Coverage and Greater Individual Publicity Rights

Elizabeth Na May 16, 2014

The press’s response to the Sewol Sinking was to release innumerable amounts of media content of the people involved. In the breaking news coverage of the rescue, close-ups of the victims’ family members were focused on most of all. It was only many days after the accident that family members’ faces were blurred out by on-site reporters, and it… Continue Reading »


Under the Sewol Sinking: The Dispute of Benefits for Part-Timers, Even In Death

Elizabeth Na May 8, 2014

In the city of Incheon the funerals of two teenage victims of the Sewol Sinking were left unsupported, and currently the financial coverage of their funerals is unfortunately under dispute. These two teenagers were part-time employees and were only 18 and 17, were working for Chunghaejin Delivery company at the time of the disaster. Chunghaejin has disclosed that it is… Continue Reading »


Police Prohibitions to Memorial of Sewol Sinking Challenged

Elizabeth Na May 1, 2014

With the terrible sinking of the ferry recently, there has been a memorial event held for the deceased and still missing people, called the “Silent March”, that has been attracting disapproval by the local police. The commemoration was started on the 20th in the large DongHwa Shopping Store in Jongro by the Seoul Progressive Alliance, and other civic… Continue Reading »

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