Extra! Korea

July 8, 2009

Oh noes! Naked News Korea may be “harmful to teenagers”

Filed under: censorship, television — extrakorea @ 2:14 am

Normally, when I see a headline like “Topless News Channel Under Official Scrutiny,” off-color jokes begin to coalesce in my mind. But … oh no! …

The Korea Communications Standards Commission is monitoring Naked News, a topless channel launched here on May 23, it said Monday.

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The commission has asked experts to review whether the service is harmful to teenagers and plans to take strict punitive measures if it disobeys relevant regulations.

Leave Naked News alone! Just leave it alone!

April 14, 2009

Even the Blue House are posing as foreigners at YouTube

Filed under: censorship — extrakorea @ 8:37 am

Recently, YouTube rejected Korea’s real-name system, but nevertheless, there has been speculation that people in Korea would pretend to be foreigners at YouTube. This is because Koreans still cannot upload videos or post comments unless they give personal information such as their real name. Surely, only scalawags would do such a thing, right? It turns out that the Blue House (home of the South Korean president, similar to America’s White House) have been uploading videos to YouTube, and pretending to be foreigners while doing so.

April 11, 2009

Newspaper executive sues lawmakers over actress’ Jang Ja-yeon’s list

Filed under: actors/actresses, celebrities, censorship, prostitution, suicide — extrakorea @ 1:36 pm

Last month actress Jang Ja-yeon committed suicide. A note, said to be written by her, said that she was forced to have sex with some of the biggest executives in the Korean media (broadcasting companies and newspapers). When she tried to refuse, she was beaten. Though one copy of the letter was burnt, another copy was leaked to the press (no one knows which one was the original) and has made its way onto the Internet.

First, some background on Korea’s libel laws. As Brendon Carr explained, in Korea, one person’s right to protect their reputation trumps another person’s right to free speech. Further, telling the truth is no guaranteed defense. Even if you print verifiable facts that are a matter of public record, you can still be sued for libel.

Two lawmakers implicated the senior executive of the Chosun Ilbo newspaper in the actress’ death, and now he is suing the lawmakers for “damaging his reputation.”

In my opinion, if you don’t want your reputation to be damaged, don’t commit crimes. When you commit crimes, you lose your right to protect your reputation. Just my opinion.


It turns out that at least one of the lawmakers, Lee Jeong-hee (also spelled Lee Jung-hee), is a woman, which could help to explain why she wanted to give this pig the humiliation that he richly deserves.

March 30, 2009

Google compromises on Internet free speech in S. Korea

Filed under: censorship — extrakorea @ 3:44 am

(from the Hankyoreh newspaper)

Google Korea submits to government’s trend towards curbing Internet freedoms by implementing a “real name system”

Google, the world’s largest Internet company, has finally submitted to South Korea’s unprecedented Internet regulations, including agreeing to implement a “real name” system in which any South Korean can post their contents only after they confirm their resident registration number.

   The company plans to reorganize its site beginning April 1 so that subscribers in South Korea must confirm their real names before posting materials or replies on YouTube Korea. Concurrently April 1 is when the amendment to South Korea’s Act on the Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and User Protection will go into effect. It expands the scope of sites subject to the real name registration system to those that have at least 100,000 users per day.

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The head offices of Google have explored various means of bypassing the “real-name registration system,” arguing that freedom of expression should be experienced globally by all users, including proposing to shut down YouTube services in South Korea but to no avail. A representative of Google Korea says that South Korea “is the first country worldwide for which Google will be collecting real-name information that can be used to identify individuals.”

First Minerva, now this. Free speech isn’t absolute, but the Lee Myung-bak administration seems to be a little unclear on the concept of “democracy.”

March 14, 2009

“Minerva” Denied Bail

Filed under: censorship, politics — extrakorea @ 8:33 am

The blogger known as “Minerva” has been denied bail. The Korea Times writes:

A Court has refused to grant bail to arrested Internet commentator Park Dae-sung, better known as “Minerva,” citing the possibility that he could flee.

And so what if he did? What would he do? Write another blog entry? Oh no! We’re not talking about a rapist or a bank robber. Decisions like this are going to alienate what supporters the Lee Myung-bak administration has left.

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