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Korean court fines artist for cartoon of president
Korea Times reports that The Supreme Court has upheld a district court ruling fining cartoonist “Choi” 3 million won ($2,600) for “drawing a cartoon directing abusive words toward President Lee Myung-bak.”
He drew the cartoon in June last year, depicting family members paying respect to a soldier’s monument, with an offensive comment against the President hidden in a pattern on the monument.
The city distributed some 20,000 copies of the paper, and the hidden message was found by citizens and spread online at the time of publication. The city sued Choi for 120 million won in damages, claiming his cartoon obstructed businesses of the city government as it had to recollect all the papers and make a public apology for printing the controversial cartoon.