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Kim Jae Chul, who became the president of MBC by personal connections, suspended the airing of the PD Notepad about four river project despite of the court’s decision.
The PD Notepad was going to air, “The secret behind the six-meter depth of the four rivers-who pushed it through?" on Aug. 17. The episode was going to broadcast that only 3~6 months after the government gave up on building the waterway, the four river project was morphed into a large scale development plan. Also it was going to suggest that 'the Blue House secret team' consisting of Blue House officials in Yeongpo group and those graduated from the same high school, Dongji Commercial High School as President Lee was involved.
The viewers looked forward to watching the episode which reveals the truth about the four-river project. However, the Lee Myung-bak administration and the president of MBC, who parachuted to the position, tried to cover the truth by employing all means necessary. The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs filed an injunction with the court to ban the program from being shown, arguing the program spread false information about one of President Lee’s major development schemes. But the court rejected the application.
Despite the court’s decision, MBC CEO Kim Jae-chul ordered the program on hold. Despite the fact that the program already passed a script screening and finished reporting to committees, the MBC’s board of directors ordered the program to be put on hold. MBC President Kim Jae-chul ordered to suspend the airing of the program just 3 hours before the planned broadcast by holding a committee meeting.
It is easy to guess why the MBC management team made such an unreasonable decision. How many secrets are hidden in the four-river project that broadcasting of the PD Notepad is being feared? Sudden withdrawal of an investigative documentary on the controversial four-river project three hours before the airing sparked concerns a self-censorship by the MBC management.
The public witnessing behaviors of the Lee administration and Mr. Kim realized that the episode of the PD Notepad on the four river project must be aired. It also gives us a chance to be reminded of the importance of the PD Notepad.
Kim Jae Chul, "parachuted to the president", should withdraw a decision to suspend the airing of the program. Wouldn’t it be a shame for him (so-called with the background of MBC) to suppress the PD Notepad, which is regarded as one of symbolic programs of MBC? If he refuses to broadcast PD Notepad while insisting that program be put on hold, he is no longer qualified as the president of MBC.
We also give a warning to the Lee Myung-bak administration.
If the four-river project is that important and necessary, we want them to clear suspicions with confidence. No one can hide the truth of four-river project from the people forever. The more Lee Myung-bak administration tries to stop the program, even more the public’s anger will only escalate. We will fight until the PD Notepad puts the episode about the four-river project on the air. Also we will protect MBC and the PD Notepad from the Lee Myung-bak administration with all associations and citizens who are against censorship.