BBC doc tells story of reporters & victims, outs KBS’s stress, reveals Goo Hara’s key position – Asian Junkie


In a little bit of a shock, the BBC revealed right this moment a documentary on the Burning Solar scandal known as Burning Solar: Exposing The Secret Okay-Pop Chat Teams that facilities the angle of two feminine journalists: Park Hyo Sil and Kang Kyung Yoon.

If you happen to adopted together with it on the time, you’re doubtless already accustomed to lots of the main points. If not, then it’s undoubtedly value a watch as a place to begin, not in contrast to the Johnny Kitagawa documentary. And very like with that documentary, it does additionally add to the general public understanding of issues, particularly because of the interviews with reporters concerned and victims as effectively.


One of many new tales was that of journalist Park Hyo Sil, who broke the story on Jung Joon Younger again in 2016 when his girlfriend accused him of molka. Within the wake of the sufferer’s retraction and the police dropping the case (which she spoke about in 2021), the reporter reveals being vilified and inundated with abuse that led to lots of private turmoil, together with two miscarriages.

The documentary additionally goes into how he was cleared, which was that after Jung Joon Younger refused to present his cellphone to police forensics, he gave it to a non-public firm as a substitute. The police rushed by means of the investigation, didn’t have a look at the cellphone themselves, and took the corporate’s phrase for it. They later reveal a cellphone name between Jung’s lawyer the forensics firm, mainly pressuring them to inform police what they need to hear. That mixed with the later police corruption stuff … makes it suspicious to say the least.

Later, a lawyer for KBS — the broadcaster the place Jung Joon Younger starred on 2 Days 1 Night time — leaned on the sufferer, warning her that if she couldn’t show her accusations then she might go to jail, which scared her into not pursuing the case.


The documentary then quick forwards to 2019, when a whistleblower from the non-public forensics firm leaks the content material of Jung Joon Younger’s cellphone to reporter Kang Kyung Yoon. The reporter thought she could be getting the reality about JJY’s ex-gf, however finds much more, which kicks off a bigger investigation into molka and police corruption.

When it comes to new info, whereas KARA‘s Hara serving to out had been talked about earlier than, I had not recognized that she was necessary to Kang Kyung Yoon’s investigation into the matter, as she helped her verify the involvement of anyone with authority backing the group chat*.

*Additionally, I simply need to say that whereas looking back it appears very easy to show in a good friend or member of the family who does one thing horrible, and all people on-line could be heroes in their very own thoughts, within the second it’s extraordinarily arduous to just accept actuality at occasions, and the truth that Hara stepped up right here is truthfully unimaginable, particularly realizing the potential for blowback.

After that, Kang Kyung Yoon was in a position to publish her tales about Jung Joon Younger and Choi Jong Hoon and Seungri, which blew the highest off the scandal.

The documentary additionally talks about Seungri performing like a ringleader, together with unseen movies of him.

Nothing revealed about him appeared new in addition to that, nonetheless it’s simply additional reinforcement that he was fortunate to solely get charged with what he did as a result of that’s all they may show.


One other factor the documentary gives is a voice for the victims to talk about what they endured, with one specifically recounting her story in terrifying element.

It goes on to say that she went to the police on the time to report rape, however that due to the image she was pressured to take, the police dismissed her claims.

The documentary additionally briefly talks concerning the victims who got here ahead, not realizing in the event that they had been on the movies or in the event that they had been unfold, and the constant worry that they lived with over that.


Maybe most ominously, a membership worker says a lot of the identical is occurring right this moment, simply it doesn’t make headline information.

Truthfully, I had anticipated this to be extra of a recap for a wider viewers than anything, however there was loads proven that both extra successfully strengthened what was already reported on or breaks new floor as a consequence of talking immediately with these concerned.



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