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Ko Un dismissed from post on unified Korean dictionary panel

All Headlines 11:45 March 08, 2018

SEOUL, March 8 (Yonhap) -- Ko Un, a once revered South Korean poet, has been removed from his position as head of a government-funded commission to compile a unified Korean dictionary amid allegations of his "habitual" sexual misconduct, an official said Thursday.

Ko, who had long been listed as a Nobel Prize candidate in literature, is accused of sexually offending female poets time and again.

He's an early target of the #MeToo movement quickly spreading in South Korea, a country with a deep-rooted male-dominated culture.

He had served as chairman of the Joint Compilation Committee of the Korean People's Grand Dictionary, or Gyeoremal-keunsajeon in Korean, a project meant to bridge the linguistic divide between the two Koreas.

This file photo shows Ko Un, a well-known South Korean poet. (Yonhap)

He offered to step down after the sex scandal erupted last month, and the committee formally requested that the Unification Ministry dismiss him.

"He was dismissed from the post as of yesterday following interagency consultations," the ministry official told reporters.

The government earlier decided to erase his work from school textbooks, and the Seoul City government closed his exhibition.


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