Govt Officials Hold Meeting to Discuss the Rights of Idols in Entertainment Industry – JYJ , Kara mentioned

By ChristianToday Reporter Lee Dae Ung dwlee@chtoday.co.kr
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Participants include government officials, media representatives and entertainment management representatives.

In  light of recurring incidents involving idols (teenage entertainers),  such as those involving Dong Bang Shin Ki and Kara, which have exposed  ‘slave contracts’, the head producers of three broadcasting stations,  representatives from entertainment management companies and related  officials and representatives convened a government meeting to cooperate  over the protection of idols’ basic rights.

Held on the morning of the  26th at the council chamber of the Ministry of Gender and  Family in Seoul, the participants included the Minister-in-charge of  youth from the Ministry of Gender and Family Baik Hui Young, KBS chief  of media contents Gil Hwan Young, MBC chief producer Cho Joong Hyeon, ,  SBS chief producer Pai Cheol Ho, the representative from Media Line Kim  Chang Hwan, the representative from CAN Entertainment Kang Seung Ho, the  representative of Music Factory Kim Tae Hyeong as well as  representatives from other entertainment management companies. Officials  from the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, the Korean  Communications Commission, the Fair Trade Commission and other related  agencies also participated.

November  of last year, four related government agencies investigated the  situation of teenage entertainers, especially with regards to sexual  health and protection as well as education, and released a report with  detailed policy recommendations on how to maintain underage  entertainers’ entertainment activities in a fair environment. Since  then, the government has moved on the Pop Culture and Arts Business Act  as well as other laws laying down regulations and standards for the  protection of teenage entertainers, and on the 3rd of this  month the Fair Trade Commission opened investigations into the practice  of inappropriate bodily exposure of teenage entertainers and will be  moving to enforce a ban on such activities through consumer-oriented  policies, an action plan and the imposition of the model contract for  pop culture and arts industries.

Minister  Baik Hui Young declared, “As the entertainment industry continues to  accelerate, the number of underage entertainers are on the rise;  unfortunately, accompanying problems such as unfair exclusive contracts  and [the difficulty to] guarantee of their basic rights are also on the  rise,” and “from now on the government and broadcasters, along with  management companies, must work together to create an environment where  underage entertainers can be protected whilst undertaking their  entertainment activities.”

Afterwards, there was a session to discuss difficulties and listen to current opinions.

Source: Christiantoday.co.kr

Translation by: Jimmie of TheJYJFiles

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