Maestro in court tomorrow to face defamation charge

There is no end in sight to the vendetta by South Korea’s powerful Park family against the Myung Whun Chung former music director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Chung will appear in court Wednesday to answer charges of defamation filed by the orchestra’s fired chief executive, Hyun-jung Park.

He has been subjected to a campaign of abuse by newspapers under Park family control. The orchestra has struggled to hire credible conducting talent since his departure.

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  • This has become a farce of unbelievable proportions! Given the hostile nature of the attacks on Myung-Whun Chung and the people making them, one wonders if there can be any degree of impartiality amongst the South Korean judiciary. Ms. Park deserves to be the one in court, not Chung after all he has achieved for the orchestra and the country. If the ghastly Ms. Park should win this action, I trust further action will be taken by international artists to boycott this orchestra. Of course I already feel desperately sad for the musicians, but an incompetent woman filled with such loathing should not have any right to do the damage she has done – and those who idiotically put her in charge have to be made to realise that!

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