More important than prosecuting those responsibleThe Sewol ferry disaster has left many to prosecute. Even the Coast Guard is on the line of investigation and possible prosecution. With the rescue process still going on, the nation suffers from the fallout of the disaster.
Now is the time to go through a critical review of the crisis and adopt new measures. Prosecuting those responsible remains unavoidable; but more important is a comprehensive evaluation of the current safety status in order to effectively respond to a similar accident in the future.
Expert suggestions vary widely. Some argue for the creation of a new ministerial-level department; some call for training personnel rather than erecting a perfunctory edifice. Civil society, on the other hand, contends that the media need reporting guidelines suitable for national emergencies.
While seemingly different, each suggestion shares one common premise: safety matters and comes first. We owe it to the missing and lost souls to genuinely learn that lesson.
* Editing adviser on Yonsei European Studies at Yonsei University
BY Choi Si-young
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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