[KS] Censorship in democratic Korea
d_scofield at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 8 06:57:18 EDT 2004
Actually, the public outcry was hardly the ground-swell of disgust that some
articles (Chosun) would have us believe. Most members of Korea's most
popular on-line forums, for example, did not protest MBC's broadcast of the
Berg video. Indeed, the video was/is freely available on the internet in
It is also worth noting that South Korean officials have not shown the same
concern for other victims of terrorism. Less than a week after the 9-11
attacks, advertisements using cartoon images of Bin Laden and the towers
were shown throughout Seoul in a bid to sell a Sports newspaper.
As for media censorship, it's interesting that the majority of South Koreans
are either unaware of the government's on-going IP blocking campaign or are
not interested. Korea's avid internet users, those seemingly most effected
by the governments actions, have remained generally silent on the issue. No
candle-light vigils in memory of lost freedoms.
>From: "T.N. Park" <tnpark at mac.com>
>Reply-To: Korean Studies Discussion List <Koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
>To: Korean Studies Discussion List <Koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
>Subject: Re: [KS] Censorship in democratic Korea
>Date: Thu, 08 Jul 2004 12:02:45 +0900
>Steven Capener wrote:
> > While not directly related to the topic of censorship raised by Brother
> > Anthony regarding blocking sites showing the behheading of the Korean
> > it is noteworhty, and worthy of censure, to point out that MBC showed
> > beheading of an American citizen only bothering to blot out the severed
> > as it was held up.
> >From Michael Anderson
> > I have signed one of the online petitions,
> > http://www.petitiononline.com/hole64/petition.html, not as a Yonhap
> > course, but out of personal concerns. In addition to stifling free
> > gives the appearance of racism--videos of Nick Berg's murder were widely
> > distributed over the Internet here, and even aired on MBC television,
> > the government encouraged blocking of the South Korean national's
> > video.
>There was considerable public outcry against MBC for having shown the Berg
>beheading almost in its entirety ...
>... and the government's media watchdog came down on them. The perhaps
>overboard pre-emptive response to video of Kim Sun-il's was a direct result
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