As usual, Choe Sang-hun has written an interesting piece on the clash between politics and the internet:
The whittling away of hard-won freedoms is especially troubling, activists say, because the social media have become the newest outlets for rebellion, replacing the street battles of the 1980s that forced the end of decades of dictatorship.
“New media and social networking services like Twitter have emerged as new political tools for antigovernment and left-wing people,” said Chang Yeo-kyung, a free-speech activist. “The government wants to create a chilling effect to prevent the spread of critical views”. . . .
the Rev. Choi Byoung-sung, a critic of the government’s environmental policy, argues that free speech is being undermined. ”They are burning down an entire house under the pretext of killing a few fleas,” said Mr. Choi, who fought the removal of his blog postings warning of potential health risks from cement containing industrial waste.
The full article is here.