The Korea Times is reporting that the country’s supreme court upheld a ruling against a cartoonist known as Choi, fining him 3 million won ($2,600) for drawing a cartoon that was considered abusive against South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.
The cartoon, which appeared in the “Happy Wonju” gazette, featured members of a family paying their respects to a monument of a soldier who died defending the country.
On one side of the monument, there are two sentences subtly hidden in the form of patterns. One says “he should be killed.”
The city sued Choi for 120 million won in damages, claiming his cartoon obstructed businesses of the city government as it had to recollect all the papers and make a public apology for printing the controversial cartoon.
A district court then slapped him with a fine of 3 million won, which was upheld by an appellate court.
The cartoonist said at the time that the cartoon was not appropriate for the paper but pointed out that contemporary cartoons were lifeless if they showed only the bright side of society.