Tuesday, September 18, 2007

[The Hankyoreh, September 14 2007] Controversy explodes over nude photos in major daily

Suggestion is former professor traded sex for favors; rights groups furious

After running nude pictures of Shin Jeong-ah on September 13, the daily afternoon newspaper Munhwa Ilbo has met with considerable controversy.

Shin has been in the news for allegedly forging her academic credentials, as well as accusations that she had ties to a then-aide of President Roh Moo-hyun.

The discovery "in the home of a leading member of the cultural community" of the "multiple photographs" of Shin standing nude was the Munhwa Ilbo's front page story, although the photos themselves were on page 3 in a related article. The first article quotes an expert in photography, who said that "given there are no marks on her body, the photographs were likely taken long after she had removed her underwear" and that they "give you the feeling they are more like indicators of a 'close relationship' than that they were intended as works" of photographic art.

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