It has come to my attention that you have used photographs showing my portrait and personal name on the website www.jmscult.com without seeking my permission. Pursuant to section 6 of the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 of New Zealand your use of photographs containing my full portrait and personal facts is a clear infringement on my right of privacy as an individual.
In addition to this, your website contains communication that denigrates my individual right to religion. Your website also contains false allegations that are grossly offensive that could bring harm to my reputation and may constitute defamation.
To rectify this infringement of my rights, I require you to remove my photo, my personal name and related articles on the website www.jmscult.com immediately.
Feel free to respond directly to this email with your proposed plan of action in response to this request.
If I do not receive an adequate response within 10 days of receipt of this correspondence, I will take such actions as I may be advised to protect my rights including, without limitation, legal action for injunctive relief or to recover damages without further notice to you.
That email is interesting for several reasons: 1) Her full name doesn't appear on my site. 2) I didn't notice any viewing activity beforehand from New Zealand to indicate she had visited my site and looked for her name, 3) it was sent to the email address I give to my students for work purposes and not the email address I have displayed on my site, and 4) she provided me with only her first name, which I have removed from the copy and paste job above, not her family name.
I received the email on March 10 and although she offered a ten-day deadline, I gave her the perhaps undeserved courtesy of a prompt response within a few hours. I have yet to receive a reply to my request for clarification. I have since determined her family name and can confirm it was never on my site. There is nothing actually on the entire Internet that I could find linking her name to the cult of serial rapist Jeong Myeong-seok. All in all, she seems to have done quite a good job keeping her name clear of any association with the JMS cult. Can't say I blame her
Likewise, identifying photos of her. I do have some photos showing New Zealand cult events here
. Faces of members were always obscured, and I certainly couldn't match the photos of her I came across on her social media accounts with the photos on my site, and I just altered the photos even further to make identification of individuals impossible. Not sure they deserve that though as they are all essentially agents of a prolific rapist. They are also of course victims, too.
A twitter account operated
by the cult's New Zealand branch does have photos of members, but I'm not responsible for those of course. Perhaps she should direct her threats to friends closer to home?
Most likely, she was directed by leaders in Korea who seem rather keen on getting my site closed down. Good luck with that. My immediate reply follows:
I'm happy to certainly explore the material you would like removed. I just searched my site for your first name and didn't get any hits. Not sure if you're mistaken about your name appearing or if your name on my site was mispelled. I'll certainly remove your name immediately when I find it. Perhaps your surname appears on my site. I doubt that as I've generally avoided posting names of Jeong's followers, but it's possible. I don't know your surname so unless you tell me what it is or where it appears on my site, I don't know how to proceed.
Likewise, the photo your refer to. Could you send a specific link or at least describe it? I'm not sure what you mean by related articles. Could you be more specific?
My site does not contain any false allegations. Could you be more specific? If you are referring to Jeong being convicted of rape. The Supreme Court of Korea found Jeong guilty and that decision has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, most of which are available on my site.
Also, this is an email address I use for work purposes. I don't mind being contacted here, but it does seem odd as my contact email on my website isn't this one. Would you mind telling me how you came across my work email?