Korean Film Industry Demands Resignation of Busan Mayor for Attacking Artists
SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Yonhap) -- A group of more than 1,000 movie industry figures on Tuesday demanded the state film agency chief and the Busan mayor resign over their alleged oppression of liberal filmmakers.
They claimed in a news conference in Seoul that Kim Se-hoon, chairman of the Korean Film Council, arbitrarily ran its support program to exclude filmmakers who are on the blacklist of nearly 10,000 cultural figures critical of the conservative Park Geun-hye government.
Special prosecutors that day indicted an ex-presidential chief of staff and a former culture minister on charges of orchestrating the creation of the list of thousands of liberal artists, writers and filmmakers to deny them state support.
In a statement signed by 1,052 people, the film industry alliance also accused Busan Mayor Suh Byung-soo of violating the freedom of artists by interfering with the Busan International Film Festival.
BIFF organizers and the Busan metropolitan government were at odds for two years after the festival executives opposed the city's request to remove a politically sensitive documentary film about the Sewol ferry disaster from the lineup of the 19th edition of the festival in 2014.