Sexism accusations hit Channel NewsAsia

by Nicola Middlemiss09 Oct 2017
A TV producer has spoken out about alleged sexism in her workplace, saying her colleagues have blatantly discriminated against her on several occasions.

Juwon Park, who works for the Singaporean Channel NewsAsia, took to social media in an effort to expose the bigoted behaviour of her co-workers.

In a Facebook post which has since been removed, Park shared screenshots of a conversation she had with a male colleague after he suggested she couldn’t be a TV presenter because she doesn’t have a large chest.

“You can say there are jokes. But it is really an insult to all the hard work I’ve put in to get here,” she writes in reply to the man. “It also makes me very uncomfortable to think that is the way my colleague perceives and treats me.”

The man, who has so far remained anonymous, apologies for his words but claims it’s just how the industry works – whether it’s in Germany, Australia or Singapore.

Park, who produces an English-language business show called Money Mind, also recounted other instances of workplace sexism and said she had been repeatedly discouraged from informing HR.

She also said colleagues – both male and female – had told her that she should grow a thicker skin or enjoy the comments because it means she’s attractive.

“No one believed me until I uploaded solid WhatsApp evidence which is the fraction of sexism I have experienced at Mediacorp,” she wrote. “I feel numb and sad.”

The media giant has since responded to Park's allegations and has pledged to investigate.

“Mediacorp does not condone sexism in our workplace,” said a spokesperson for the firm. “We take a serious view to this matter and are investigating.”

COMMENTS

Most Read