Controversy is growing over the satirical cartoon of President Yoon Seok-yeol, who recently won the gold prize in the student comic contest.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism issued a stern warning to the organizers, and a battle broke out in the National Assembly as well.

By Lee Joo-sang, staff reporter.


This is a cartoon work that was exhibited at the Bucheon International Comics Festival held last weekend and during the holidays.

The title is 'Yunseok Train'.

President Yoon's face is on the front of the train, and a woman presumed to be Kim Kun-hee is riding in the cockpit.

In the train cabin, men dressed as prosecutors are holding knives, and citizens in front of the train are running away in amazement.

It is a parody of the children's cartoon 'Thomas and Friends' and won the gold prize in the high school cartoon category at the National Student Comics Contest held last July and August.

The grand prize is the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Award, and the gold prize is the Gyeonggi Province Governor's Award.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism issued a severe warning to the organizer, the Korea Comics Promotion Agency.

The selection of works that dealt with political subjects was against the purpose of the contest, and we decided to review the cancellation of approval for the use of the sponsorship name.

Freedom of expression has also been controversial in the National Assembly.

[Kim Sang-hwan / Chief of Court Administration: When I look at this picture alone, I think that it can be included in the people's normal criticism, criticism, and freedom of expression about state power.]

Plagiarizing a caricature produced in the UK in 2019 It has also been argued that

[Yoo Sang-beom / People's Power Rep.: At a glance, is this plagiarism or not?

This is a cartoon that came out in 2019.] The

Manga Film Promotion Agency said that it had no intention, saying that the randomly selected contest judges only made the decision through an independent review.

(Video coverage: Cho Chun-dong, Kim Heung-gi, video editing: Kim Kyung-yeon)