Last May, Fred Varcoe, veteran sports editor of the Japan Times, was in full swing preparing for the World Cup finals
when he was suddenly given an ultimatum: "Either resign or you're fired."
on the eve of the tournament, he was given his marching orders as a result of a report that appeared in another country, another language and another medium.
Fred had probably never heard of OhmyNews until the influential South Korean online news site
brought about his downfall with a withering criticism of one of the World Cup preview stories
that he had written for the Japan Times.
That story - an introduction to Seoul - began with Fred reminiscing about being propositioned by a prostitute during his first visit to the South Korean capital.
Fred's Korean wife received email death threats and the South Korean embassy in Tokyo twice visited the Japan Times to demand action.
the Japan Times - whose publisher, Toshiaki Ogasawara, has business interests in Korea - decided its sports editor must go.
Days before the opening game, the paper withdrew his tournament accreditation.
He refused to resign and was fired on July 4 for, among other reasons, "insulting the honour of Korean women".