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[liberationtech] South Korea and US "internet freedom" agenda...

Brian Conley brianc at
Tue Dec 6 11:26:39 PST 2011

Hi all,

As I believe others have noted previously on this list, South Korea is a
very notable exception to the so-called "internet freedom" agenda of the US
State Department.

I wonder what thoughts others on the list have about NPR's recent report
about the implementation of the National Security Law, put in place in 1948?

Particularly its implementation in these areas:

The 24-year-old South Korean photographer thought it would be funny, a
visual parody of North Korea's news programs. But it turns out this profile
picture could violate South Korea's strict six-decade-old National Security
Law, which punishes those who "praise, disseminate or cooperate with
anti-state groups" if such acts endanger democracy and national security.

The North Korean government set up its own Twitter and YouTube accounts
last year. In December, the South Korean Justice Ministry announced that
those who forward Twitter postings from North Korea or even comment on
these using "retweet" or "reply" functions could face punishment.

and of course there's this:

Despite being among the world's most wired countries, South Korea is
increasing its censorship of the Internet. In 2008, the police filed 1,793
requests to block pro-North Korea websites. Last year, that figure was
80,449, according to the National Police Agency, as reported in the South
Korean media.


Brian Conley

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