A Korean newspaper has censored a leading Korean news source and apologized to South Korean readers for publishing an article critical of the government.
The article was published in the South Korean newspaper Maine on Saturday, according to the newspaper, which said the article appeared in English on Saturday.
The Korea Herald and other news outlets had published the article on Saturday on the topic of the upcoming presidential elections, the newspaper said.
In the article, Kim Hyun-hyeon, the head of the ruling Saenuri Party, says North Korea should not be held responsible for the country’s human rights violations.
Kim Hyun and the South Koreans have been in a state of political and cultural tension since the death of former President Roh Moo-hyun on January 27, 2018, following his assassination by a disgruntled supporter in a Pyongyang park.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been pushing for dialogue with North Korea, but he has also expressed concern over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and missile test.
A spokesman for the Korea Herald told Al Jazeera on Monday that the article did not meet its editorial standards, adding that the newspaper’s editor-in-chief apologized to the Korean people.
The spokesman said the paper had deleted the article from its website after it was posted, but it did not say when.
The Korean Herald is owned by the South Korea Herald Co., which also owns the Yonhap News Agency, the countrys largest English-language news agency.
It did not immediately respond to a request for comment.