As he faces heavy criticism over falsely announcing a diagnosis of COVID-19 on April Fool’s Day, a Japanese radio show appearance by JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong was canceled that day.
On April 1, Kim Jaejoong posted on Instagram to say that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He later edited his post to clarify that this was not true. He went on to write an apology letter over his action, stating that his post had been intended to raise awareness about the issue.
Kim Jaejoong has been promoting his newly released single in Japan. He was scheduled to appear on NHK Radio’s “Furuya Masayuki’s PopA” radio show on April 1 as a regular DJ, however the show updated their official website to state, “Jaejoong had been scheduled to appear, but due to personal circumstances there will be different content on the show today.”
Kim Jaejoong is also scheduled to appear on Japanese shows including TV Asahi’s “Music Station,” NHK’s “Tamaki Koji Show,” and NHK’s “The Covers.”
KCDC Addresses Kim Jaejoong’s Potential Punishment After Falsely Announcing COVID-19 Diagnosis
Following criticism against JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong for falsely announcing a diagnosis of COVID-19 on April Fool’s Day, a news outlet has spoken to a representative from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) about what might happen next.
On April 1, Kim Jaejoong stated via Instagram that he tested positive for COVID-19. He later edited his post to say that this was not true, and then posted a letter of apology in which he explained that his intention had been to promote awareness about the severity of the pandemic. A source from the department of the KCDC that is in charge of preventative measures against COVID-19 spoke to the outlet Star News later that day.
“We are currently looking into the case regarding Kim Jaejoong,” they said. “It involves the spreading of false information, so we’re discussing how exactly the punishment will be carried out.”
They explained, “It’s possible to punish those who are reported for inciting disorder by continually making malicious prank phone calls to the epidemic prevention authorities, however this case is something done by a celebrity on social media, and so it seems more internal discussion is required.”
On April 1, Kim Kang Rip, the first chief coordinator at the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters, stated at a briefing, “April 1 is April Fool’s Day, which originated in the West, however we are currently in a very serious time.” He warned against prank calls by saying, “Our society is not in a place where we can accept prank calls or false information.”
Star News noted that while Kim Jaejoong did not make a prank call, he has been criticized for potentially causing chaos by posting false information on social media as a celebrity with a great deal of influence. A petition has been filed on the presidential Blue House’s website titled “Please punish celebrity Kim for his April Fool’s Day prank.”
The outlet states that according to current law, if someone deceives a government employee or institution and therefore disrupts the performance of their duties, they could face a maximum of five years in prison or a fine of a maximum of 10 million won (approximately $8,090). This act is referred to as an “obstruction of performance of official duties by fraudulent means.”
source: soompi 1, 2, stoo.asiae, naver 1, 2