Freedom and the Internet

These last few weeks, North Korea and South Korea received a lot of media attention. Most of it was related to Kim Jong-il’s death and his succession by Kim Jong-un. Also, South Korea’s concern about the political instability got the attention of the press.
For us in the Netherlands it is relatively easy to access information about North Korea, i.e. when you know the language, which is one of the hardest to learn by the way.
However, when in South Korea, it is not possible to directly access many North Korean websites. Yes, they have websites, but they are mostly hosted in China or Japan.
When you try to access some of these websites anyway from within South Korea, you are directed to a warning from the Korean Communications Standards Commission (KRKC). See the screen shot I took some time ago.

The reason for this post was that apparently a South Korean was arrested for tweeting “Long live Kim Jong-il”. Then again, Homeland security apparently denied two Britons access to the US who tweeted to “destroy America”. Of course, in both cases, especially when you know about these that’s not a clever thing to say or tweet.

For further information on freedom in general and freedom on the Net, check out the Freedom House site.

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Maurice Vergeer

I am Maurice Vergeer, working at Communication Science department of the Radboud University Nijmegen, in the Netherlands.