Internet Policing in Korea . . . in the South That Is.

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.

  • kaizenmx

    Nice, LMB’s government trying to impose a limit on those pro-North Korean sympathizers, Korean-chinese who are against their own country, and ultra left wing retards.

  • R. Elgin

    I wish Mr. Choe would write a book on the internet in South Korea and the many facets there are to this issue. He would do a great job but it probably would not pay him enough to try.

  • V. G.

    Unlike street protests, however, no one is going to care and no reform is going to be achieved by prattling on the Internet. The Arab Spring was not the work of Facebook and Google either, contrary to the Western narrative. Korean politics has been stuck in a rut since Roh Tae-woo and using corporate-owned social media is not going to magically create a brave new world of progressive politics.

  • R. Elgin

    Yes “V.G.” by itself, a medium is not a panacea for ills. It can be useful to those pushing for change but, in Mr. Choe’s case, he is more interested in the reaction to these tools from the government in South Korea, which is interesting and he has only scratched the surface, IMHO, in terms of what could really happen if the government decided to take an iron hand to the use of the internet in Korea.