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POST EXPLOITED KI-SUCK HAN

LIU STATEMENT ON N.Y. POST COVER PHOTO OF KI-SUCK HAN

Comptroller John C. Liu said of the New York Post's Dec. 4 front-page cover photo of Ki-Suck Han:

"As a New Yorker and a human being, I am outraged that the New York Post chose to plaster on its front page a dehumanizing photo of Ki-Suck Han in the last desperate seconds before he was crushed to death by a subway train. The distress the publication of this photo has caused Han's widow and daughter, who buried Han Thursday morning, is heartrending.

"The New York Post, of course, has the First Amendment right to publish what it wishes. But as New Yorkers we have an equal right to register our disgust and dismay at The Post's editorial judgment. This horrific image of a man's impending doom hurt his family and blighted our City. It disgraced the cover of the publication that proudly calls itself the nation's oldest continually published daily.

"In order to make amends for this egregious editorial decision, The Post should apologize to the Han family and donate substantially to the fund established for his disabled widow and student daughter."

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DONATIONS for the Han family can be sent to: Korean Community Services (KCS), 35-56 159th St., Flushing, N.Y. 11358. Checks should be made payable to "Korean Community Services" with the memo: "Community Fund for Mr. Han."

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