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Stop Korean Online Censorship!!!

  • No Mandatory Internet Content Rating System!
  • Preserve the Right to Demonstrate Online!

  *** 2001 Asia Internet Rights Conference

Don't use the National Security Law to suppress the Internet!

Police arrested Kim Kang-pil, a member of the Democratic Labor Party (DLP) in South Korea. Kim uploaded several materials related to North Korea onto the bulletin board of DLP? website. Prosecution claimed his actions violated the National Security Law, Article 7, Clause 1 (an act advantageous to the enemy) and Clause 5 (bringing the materials of profit to the enemy).

[June 10th, 2002] Anti-Military website shut down by South Korean government

The Joint Committee against Government Internet Censorship asserted that the ICEC violated freedoms of conscience, expression and communication, which is supported by the Constitution.

[April 20, 2002] We Refuse the "Internet Contents Rating System" and the Information Communication Ethics Committee (ICEC)"

April 22 is the Day of Information Communication in South Korea. We should prosecute government censorship because this system represses people's internet rights and freedom of speech. The Information and Communication Ethics Committee (ICEC) is controlling internet content with the standard of "dangerous" or "harmful", not "illegal." This system violates the freedom of expression that is guaranteed by the constitution, and, moreover, violates international law. Also, the government is the personnel manager of the chairman and all members of the ICEC. So, the power of this committee is unduly powerful and consequently, places undue pressure on the civil sector to align themselves with its stance.

[December 20, 2001] We Will Resist Government Censorship of the Internet

Under the slogan, "No to the Internet Contents Rating System! We demand the resignation of the Secretary of the Ministry of Information & Communication," a coalition of activists, students, teachers, journalists, artists, and union leaders staged a sixty-day hunger strike that ended on December 20th.

Despite below-zero degree weather, we continued the struggle. Our reason--on November 1, the MIC and the Internet & Communication Ethics Committee (ICEC) forcibly implemented the Internet Contents Rating System. All websites are now assigned a grade according to a ICEC-formulated criteria on "harmful content" for minors. This grade leaves an electronic signature on the webpage.

Contact us => Della (Jinbonet), PatchA (Jinbonet)
Common Protesting Web Pages Download

Related Document - Korean on-going Situation from last year

- [Aritlcle] Internet Content Rating System: Simply Protects Youth from Harmful Media?
- [Aritlcle] Statement By Lee Chang-soo, On A Hunger Strike Against Internet Content Rating System
- [Aritlcle] Liberating the Cyber Frontier: The Asia Internet Rights Conference
- [Aritlcle] Internet and the Freedom of Expression
- [Aritlcle] Activists Begin Sit-In Hunger Strike Against Internet Contents Rating System
- [International Solidarity - APC] Compulsory filtering by government decree is not the way forward!
- [German online-magazine] Hilferuf aus der Republik Korea
- [Statement]                A Great Step Forward for [Anti-censorship] on the Internet
- [Statement]                
Stop the suppression of on-line activities
- [Viewpoint]                 
Internet Rights and Civil Society Movements
- [Newsletter of ACLU]   Korean censorware plans draw fire
- [Newsletter of ACLU]   Korean online protesters may face persecution
- [Newsletter of ACLU]   
Online protests of new Korean censorship plan

2001 Anti-Censorship Campaign in South Korea


Show solidarity with Korean activists fighting online censorship.

Year 2000, the Korean Ministry of Information & Communication (MIC) of the Kim Dae-jung government tried to pass the Korean Communication Decency Act. The Act included a very dangerous Internet Content Rating System provision. So, many Korean progressive groups fought against the legislation and finally, before being passed, the clauses related to the Content Rating System were deleted from the Act.

But, year 2001, the MIC snuck new provisions relating to a Content Rating System into the enforcement ordinance of the Act and announced that it would be carried out from July 1st. In addition to a content rating system provision, this enforcement ordinance also has very strict clause making online demonstrations illegal. For example, writing protest messages on internet bulletin boards, sending many protest messages to one server (like the MIC server), and Virtual sit-ins (known as, "DOS" - Denial of Service) etc. So, after July 1st, most online demonstrations will be illegal.

Korean Progressive groups, including the "Collaboration Action Group Against Information and Communication Censorship" (CAG) have organized events against the Act over the last two months, such as protest performances, one person demonstrations in front of the MIC, Press Conferences, and on/off-line debating conferences etc. However, the government has ignored these people's voices.

We strongly encourage international progressive groups, including NGOs (Non-government Organizations), CSGs (Civil Society Groups) etc. to join our international solidarity struggle. We attach our struggle newsletters.

Before July 1st, hundreds of Korean progressive groups are preparing actions, such as the following:

1. Online Website Strike

    How : GAG will provide a common protesting web page. All participating groups will make a common web page and place it so it appears when people first enter the site. This common web page will contain protest messages against this policy and include links to bulletin boards where people can discuss it.

2. Send online Protest Messages to Cheong Wa Dae (Korean Government), the MIC, and Korean Information Communication Ethics Committee by E-mail

3. Send off-line Protest Messages by telephone or Fax.

    * Cheong Wa Dae

      - Tel : +82-730-5800

    * Korean Ministry of Information & Communication

      - General inquiries : +82 2 750 2000
      - Help desk : +82 2 750 2114

    * The Information and Communication Ethics Committee  

      - Tel : +82-2-3415-0154     
      - Fax : +82-2-3415-0199                                    


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