The South Korean electronics giant Samsung’s libel suit against a British columnist shows both the power of corporate conglomerates and a different view of defamation, satire and free speech.
See this article by John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times, May 10 2010 – In his Christmas Day 2009 column for the Korea Times, Michael Breen had decided to lampoon such national newsmakers as President Lee Myung-bak and the pop idol Rain. Samsung is now pursuing libel charges against the writer individually.
Note that the article points out: The lawsuit refers to Breen as a Korean “specialist” with wide-ranging influence. Since 80% of its revenues are from overseas, the firm is sensitive to any “minor accident or mistake” that could adversely affect its international reputation, the suit said.
80% of revenues from overseas…. it’s up to the rest of the world to strongly condemn Samsung for its labour and corrupt practices! Let the firm be sensitive to minor accidents or mistakes – and change! Samsung, be responsible!