On January 16th 2017, Professor Noam Chomsky released a statement in defense of Dr. Park Yuha’s right to publish her research on Comfort Women to the public. The statement reads as follows:
Dear the Judges in Korean Court;
My name is Noam Chomsky.
I recently noticed that Professor Park, Yu-ha, author of “The Comfort Women of the Empire” was accused by the Eastern Prosecution Office in Seoul.
I hereby express my great consternation and concern over the indictment over Professor Park Yu-ha for “defamation”. The indictment is unjust and improper, and I hope and trust that the prosecutor should withdraw it without delay, or if it is too late, I strongly ask you sentence her ‘Not Guilty’.
I also would like to declare that I am endorsing the statements addressed mainly by Japanese scholars in 26th November 2015. I am with them and Professor Park Yu-ha.
Jan 16, 2017
Mr. Chomsky is an accomplished author, theoretical linguist, cognitive scientist, social critic and philosopher. Chomsky singlehandedly changed the study of linguistics through his assumption that language is a uniquely human cognitive capacity, suggesting that traits in the human brain gives birth to language and grammar.
Chomsky was a prominent anti-Vietnam war activist and attended MIT. In the late 1980’s, Chomsky published Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. Since the year of 1990, Chomsky highly embraced forms of political activism. Chomsky identifies himself as an anarcho-syndicalist or a libertarian socialist. Chomsky’s political writings have been heavily focused on concepts of ideology and power, also focusing on the media and state policy.