Just wanted to say thank you for answering that question with that list of news sites. It's been frustrating to see fans believing what others say. The majority of the ppl talking bout this issue don't even have a clear knowledge bout Korea and are just jumping to conclusions and spreading misinformation. Yea, just wanted to say thanks!
not gonna lie, korean media outlets reported this news slower than usual, but they still did. it might seem less significant because of how overwhelmingly western media outlets are covering this, but blackout? gotta say it’s an exaggeration. also you have to understand the context around this, there was a relatively big celebrity scandal revealed the day before the award show in korea (about moon hee jun), not to mention social and political issues (remains found in sewol ferry, soldier convicted of homosexual behavior, the new government’s moves). between a scandal and a good news, of course reporters would choose to report intensively about the scandal lol. besides, the public have always been holding prejudice against idols, it’s nothing new, the more popular an idol is, the more prejudice and criticism they receive.