The recent election of the Lee Myung-bak as the new President in South Korea has been heralded as a significant feat for the former Seoul Mayor and businessman. What received relatively little media coverage, however, are the human right violations that have marred the campaign.
Instead of the Internet being able to play a significant role in the 2007 Presidential election, as it had in the 2002 election, (1) it was prevented from doing so by harsh censorship of election related online discussion and debate by the National Election Commission (NEC) in South Korea.
The netizens in South Korea were silenced. The NEC cracked down on and forbid writing on blogs and in online posts giving the netizens’ views and critiques of the candidates. The more technically savvy netizens found a way to post their comments, videos and other online posts on YouTube or other non Korean Internet sites, but for… weiter lesen