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Korean Star Drops Suit Against Vietnamese Media

2005/08/31 Source

Song Hye Kyo and her lawyers opt not to sue three newspapers

Nguyen Ngoc Trung (ngoctrung)

The Hanoi-based Tien Phong newspaper today quoted a reliable source from South Korea as saying "the case is now over", referring to the lawsuit filed by Korean actress Song Hye-kyo against the Vietnamese media.

Earlier this month, the press in Vietnam was shocked with the news that star would file a lawsuit against three newspapers for alleging that she was caught at Incheon International Airport with 50 ecstasy pills in her luggage.

The piece was first covered Aug. 10 by Phap Luat Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh -- a legal affairs newspaper in Ho Chi Minh City -- and was republished by other e-newspapers.

Song and her managing company Sidus denied all allegations.

Faced with the lawsuit, Phap Luat Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh retracted the allegations and issued a correction, saying it was not careful in processing the news.

At present, "Full House" -- a drama in which Song stars -- is remains highly popular among Vietnam moviegoers. Many film critics say that Song will leave a deeper impression on her fans in Vietnam with her decision not to bring the papers to court.

Song's case is a warning signal to Vietnamese media in gathering and delivering news. In Vietnam foreign news-makers have often been given little consideration since they live far away. Some journalists here call this "absent people syndrome".

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