[KS] Censorship in democratic Korea
jsburgeson at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 11 08:17:21 EDT 2004
--- William B. Brown wrote:
> I must admit, sitting here in my room in the Plaza >
Hotel, with the cacophony of a small band of
> demonstrators (unfortunately with hand-held and very
> powerful loudspeakers) screaming political slogans >
on one side of City Hall, and a symphony band >
trying to play some classical music on the other >
side, its hard to see any lack of freedom of speech.
That sentiment will no doubt comfort Professor Song
Du-yol, who in March received a 7-year prison sentence
for violating the National Security Law. He was
routinely denounced by members of the National
Assembly and others for "spying" for North Korea, when
in fact the only thing he was guilty of was
propagandizing for the North, ie, expressing what in
other countries would be his "right to freedom of
speech" in a modern democracy.
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