South Korea Mulls Ending Internet Censorship of North Korea Sites

By: nart on 15 January 2005

South Korea has been under pressure about its blocking of North Korean Web sites. The Unification Minister was challenged on how censorship comports with South Korea's policy of openness towards the DPRK. South Korea is thinking of lifting at least some of the blocks. ONI is actively monitoring this issue.

Today for the first time

Today for the first time I realized that South Korea's Internet is censored. I am currently studying in South Korea and I tried to access the DPRK Friend Ship Association page as I have multiple times before while in Canada. I was greeted with a message from KISCOM (Korean Internet Safety Commission) informing me that accesses was restricted.
A lot of media attention has been given to Chinas censoring of the web recently, and I was shocked to discover this is also occurring in a country like South Korea. Although some would accurately argue that denying access to a few North Korean pages is not as bad as what China is doing, it is the same in my eyes. It is a scary feeling to be intentionally blocked from reading what you want to. I hope that South Koreans Ministry of Information will soon stop treating its citizens like children and start living up to the moral superiority it claims to have over North Korea.

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