I think the issue is the Koreans not respecting the freedom of speech and expression by the media. Its a 1st amendment issue. Koreans need to develop some thick skin. With great power comes great responsibility - Stan Lee.
Yes, you are correct that President Park is a public figure. I see your point where she does have rights to file a civil lawsuit against the media. It is very difficult to prove actual malice and I think President Park is using State Power to investigate on her behalf. The line is murky here as there could be abuse of power.
However, there is no proof of such abuse and there is a case to be made on the actual malice element if her attorneys can prove intent. And based on the evidence of the articles insinuating her whereabouts during the tragic event and the fact that she has a solid alibi against that insinuation. At the very least this is 50/50.
So to your point of Park having the rights to file a Libel suit or Civil suit as you call it,it is highly probable that there is a case to be had. IMHO, just having to file or even investigate gives her political points among her supporters. Winning or losing the case will not matter. She already won if she files a libel suit.
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I think this is much to do about nothing. For sure its about politics by the Koreans.
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What's all the hype about a phone? And a watch that won't come out until next year?
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