South Korea’s culture minister resigned after being arrested on Saturday, January 21 for allegedly creating a “blacklist” of nearly 10,000 artists who voiced criticism of impeached President Park Geun Hye.
The presidential Blue House denies that such a blacklist exists. Culture Minister Cho has said many times that she has heard reports of such a list but that she had nothing to do with it.
Park was impeached by parliament in December after accusations that she colluded with long-time friend Choi Soon-sil to pressure big businesses to donate to two foundations set up to back the president’s policy initiatives.
Park, 64, remains in office but has been stripped of her powers while the Constitutional Court decides whether to uphold the impeachment.