Seoul: Police Raid State Media Regulation Agency in Information Leak Probe

SEOUL – Seoul police conducted a raid on the Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) on Monday, following allegations of personal information leakage by an employee. According to Yonhap News Agency, the search was initiated in response to claims that a KCSC staff member disclosed confidential details of a petitioner to media outlets.

The investigation into the KCSC, the state media regulation agency, began last month when the commission itself requested authorities to look into the matter. This request was made after the discovery that personal information of its petitioners had been leaked to several news organizations, including Newstapa and MBC.

The leaked information was featured in reports by Newstapa and MBC, which recently revealed that KCSC chief Ryu Hee-lim had allegedly urged family members and acquaintances to submit petitions to the commission. These petitions were meant to review the authenticity of Newstapa's interview with Kim Man-bae, a central figure in the 2021 Daejang-dong development scandal.

In the contentious interview, Kim Man-bae allegedly sought to undermine Yoon Suk Yeol, then an opposition party presidential candidate. Kim claimed that Yoon, during his time as a prosecutor in 2011, had a role in concealing a fraudulent lending scheme associated with the scandal.

The Daejang-dong scandal, a major topic in the run-up to the 2022 presidential election, revolved around accusations that Kim Man-bae, the owner of an asset management firm, and his associates made significant profits from a development project in Daejang-dong, Seongnam, south of Seoul. The scandal gained further prominence as Lee Jae-myung, the then ruling party presidential candidate, was the mayor of Seongnam from 2011 to 2018.

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