North Korea

Poor taste

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 July, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 July, 1994, 12:00am


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YOUR main cartoon (Sunday Morning Post, July 10) was clearly in bad taste. It no doubt conveyed to the reader that the cartoonist was highly pleased at the death of North Korean President Kim Il-sung and was anxiously awaiting the death of another communist leader.

While it is a perfectly legitimate to express anti-communist views through cartoons or articles, it is a different thing to express delight at, or hope for, the death of any person, let alone those who have made immense contributions to their respective countries and have earned the respect and support of their people.

This could perhaps be acceptable in countries or regions where the majority of the people at the time did not consider the Inquisition or the Holocaust to be such despicable events.

But it is unacceptable in a region which has a culture and civilisation based primarily on compassion and consensus.