TV journalists as I know them are interested in only one thing: YOUR emotional reactions. Contrary to what they say, they are not interested in truth. They aim to shock. So it is with this report. The mint apparently has an ESG (environment, social, governance) policy in place. It is obvious that working with a cluster bomb manufacturer is not in accordance with the policy. If you or I could have told the mint so quietly, they would have investigated, found out easily and reacted the same. They can be blamed for not doing due diligence on their supplier, for going with the flow, but not for cheating or being evil.
Mark the sarcasm of the interviewers and researchers throughout the report. They desperately suggest the mint knew all the time and wanted to keep it secret. They show no understanding for security in places where money is produced (can you imagine the cost of replacing coins because hoodlums have succeeded to produce them in quantity?) They demand full access as a constitutional right and never behave as guests when received. Their only objective is to embarras. They succeed best with the Koreans, who stupidly start lying. They never apologise for eaves-dropping on them. Why should they? They are proud to be barbarians.
The report they come up with is one-sided. They do mention that producing cluster ammunition is allowed in South Korea, but condemn that as immoral in the same sentence. They never even hint that South Korea shares a border with an egomaniacal dictatorship that cannot be expected to react rationally and whose troops are positioned dangerously close to the South Korean capital. In the words of a Dutch soldier responsible for the defence of Limburg* at the time I met him: it's** just another principle to you, but it is my best chance of survival.
TV journalism, it stinks.
* An exposed province of the Netherlands: long, thin and with a somewhat one-sided North-South infrastructure.
** He was talking about land mines, but the reasoning is the same.