[Reporter Yang So-young on the Daily Economy Star Today]

The Korea Scenario Writers Association questioned the fact-checking report on the Korean Film Council.

The Korea Scenario Writers Association (SGK) set up its own investigation committee on the 10th to confirm the facts of the counterargument raised against the new secretary general Kim Jung-seok and issued a Fact Check Report (hereinafter referred to as a report) on April 1. The conclusion of the report is that there is no major problem with appointments. “We would like to make a statement about this,” SGK said.

SGK said, “There was no personal use of the association’s public funds in the conclusion that the report concluded that there was no major problem with the appointment.” “We spent too much money on activities in the process of promoting my work. SGK’s board of directors secured and reviewed two corporate credit cards used by Kim Jung-seok, then secretary general of the Jeollabuk-do Independent Film Association, for less than five months from October 29, 2005 to March 19, 2006.”

The total amount of use is KRW 20,435,565 which is the same statement as the card usage statement reviewed by the committee’s investigation committee. As a result, I have serious doubts about the premise of the report. The reason is that 1,348,187 won, or about 70 percent of the 20,435,565 won used by Kim Jung-seok, secretary general of the association at the time, is believed to have been used privately regardless of his work, he said.

SGK said, “Please explain why the committee recognized the use of the association’s public funds of KRW 13,487,00 as expenses for business activities. If you fail to provide a reasonable basis, both the statement and the report submitted by the new secretary general Kim Jung-seok to the committee should be returned. “It’s because we made logic out of false information as a prerequisite.”

“Korean films are facing a big crisis in the face of the corona crisis. At this time, was the appointment of Kim Jung-seok, the new secretary general, worthy of the status and role of the Korean Film Council, which functions as the government in the Korean film industry? “We ask the chairman of the committee, the nine-member committee and the auditor to take stern care of the matter in their respective honor.”

Meanwhile, at the end of February, Cine 21 raised suspicions that Kim Jung-seok, the new secretary-general of the Youngjin Commission, improperly executed some of the state subsidies while serving in the Jeollabuk-do Independent Film Association in 2005 and used the production support of the Incheon Film Commission in 2010.

On March 9, the Korean Film Council appointed two outside members to find out the facts of the suspicions.

On April 12, the committee said, “Kim was suspected of executing corporate credit cards while serving in Jeonbuk Independent Film Association. At that time, it had problems in the execution process, including not taking proper procedures.”

He also made an official position, saying, “As a result of confirming the suspicions surrounding the new secretary general Kim Jung-seok, it is not enough to be a problem in performing his duties.”

SGK’s position on the appointment of the new director general of the Film Council.

1. The committee set up its own investigation committee to confirm the facts of the counterargument raised against the new secretary general Kim Jung-seok and issued a fact-check report (hereinafter referred to as the “report”) on April 1. The conclusion of the report is that there is no major problem with appointments. Screenwriter Guild of Korea (SGK) would like to make a statement on this.

2. The premise of the report’s conclusion that ‘there was no big problem with appointment’ was that there was no personal use of association funds. I just overspent on activities in the course of my work.”

3. SGK’s board of directors has secured and reviewed two corporate credit cards used by then Secretary-General Kim Jung-seok for less than five months from October 29, 2005 to March 19, 2006. The total usage is 20,435,565 won, which is the same statement as the card usage statement reviewed by the committee’s investigation committee. As a result, I have serious doubts about the premise of the report.

4. The reason is that KRW 13,480,187, or about 70% of the KRW 20,435,565 used by Kim Jung-seok, secretary general of the association at the time, is estimated to have been used privately regardless of work. Specific details are as follows.

1) Paraplegia: OO Paraplegia and two other places. A total of 8 cases. 1,680,000 won.

2) OOO Marts: 28 cases (23 cases in the previous week and 5 cases in Sangam). A total of 2,631,297 won. 16 out of 28 use on weekends.

3) Estimated use of stores other than business: A total of 24 cases. Total KRW 5,734,010 (OO Tech KRW 1,050,000, OO Land KRW 1,040,000, OO Shopping KRW 1,071,800, Two Clothes KRW 348,000, etc.)

4) Online shopping: 13 cases in total. Total KRW 1,216,330

5) Weekend eating and drinking: 25 cases in total. A total of 1,898,550 won (including the 2006 Lunar New Year holiday).

6) Jeonju rental car: 2 cases in total (Saturday, 2006 New Year). A total of 320,000 won.

Notwithstanding the above details, the report states that it is ‘excessive expenditure on activities in the course of the work’ or ‘some improper expenditure on business activities’.

It is understood that the Ahjung district in Jeonju, where the OO massage center is located, is an entertainment area with motels and recreational facilities. Does the Youngjin Committee recognize that spending 1.7 million won on three massage clinics, including OO massage clinics, was inappropriate, but it was for business activities?

5. After checking with the president of the association at the time, the Asian Culture Partnership project, which started in April 2006, was commissioned by the Jeonju Film Festival, and the Jeonju Film Festival decided to entrust the project to the association in October 2005.

The association, which was a non-profit private organization at the time, was converted to a divisional corporation on October 11, 2005, and a corporate card was issued. In other words, the corporate card was not used in the process of trying to get the business commissioned by the Jeonju Film Festival.

You seem to have figured it out in the report, but did the committee conclude that it was for some public work that Kim Jung-seok, then secretary general of the association, spent the association’s public funds from October 29, 2005?

6. SGK politely requests. Please explain why the committee recognized the use of the association’s public funds of KRW 13,480,187 as expenses for business activities.

7. If you fail to provide a reasonable basis for this, both the statement submitted by the new secretary general Kim Jung-seok to the committee of nine members and the report by the committee should be returned. It’s because they used false information as a prerequisite and established logic.

The report says Kim Jung-seok, the new secretary general, admitted his mistake for excessive work expenses and has already compensated. However, admitting is only a fault for ‘overspending on work’. It should be noted that the embezzlement of public funds, which is a problem, is in total denial.

In addition, if the use of the corporate card was an embezzlement of public funds, it would be reasonable to interpret it as a desperate measure to avoid criminal charges, not a voluntary compensation for financial responsibility.

We value the value of forgiveness, too. But at least sincere reflection must precede. Even after using the corporate card for personal use, “I didn’t use it personally” and ” (as secretary general of the association) motivation led to excessive expenditure.
If you wrote ”, can you admit that there was a genuine reflection?

At the time, the chairman of the association expressed his opinion that it would not be possible if Kim Jung-seok was a private company, and that working for a tax-run public institution should not be allowed.

8. Following director Bong Joon-ho’s success last year, actor Yoon Yo-jung will receive another Academy Award, further enhancing the status of the Korean film industry. However, Korean movies are facing a big crisis due to the corona situation. At this time, was the appointment of Kim Jung-seok, the new secretary general, commensurate with the status and role of the Korean Film Council, which functions as a government in the Korean film industry? I urge the Chairman of the Committee, the Committee of Nine, and the Audit Committee to deal with this matter strictly in their respective honor.

May 10, 2021

Screenwriter Guild of Korea

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