Posted by: rbbadger | April 13, 2009

The internet and freedom of speech

A South Korea blogger by the name of Park Dae-sung was arrested a few months ago on charges of spreading false financial rumours.  His pen name was Minerva.  On his blog, he forecast the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the fall of the won against the dollar.  He was very critical of the Lee Administration’s handling of the economy as well. 

The Lee Administration has sought to tighten up control over the internet, especially regarding the spreading of malicious rumours.  The Korean government does censor the internet here.  Recently, a law was passed requiring people to post under their real names, thus leading many to stop using the websites Naver and Daum (two excellent Korean search engines that I periodically use). 

Anyhow, if you want to read this short story about Minerva and the scandal he’s at the centre of, you can read it here.



  1. Thanks for the interesting pictures and posts! And especially for your phone call!

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