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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Blogging the Presidential Election

Reading The Korea Times yesterday I came across an interesting article entitled, "Bloggers Beware."

South Korea is a-buzz surrounding the upcoming presidential election. The current government of president Roh Moo-Hyun is increasingly unpopular, and he's prevented by law from seeking re-election.

The article warned bloggers against "pre-electioneering" with user created content. Articles/ images reflecting a candidate could be seen as campaigning- and punished!

Individuals who run a site supporting a candidate could even face prosecution. Bloggers can only "campaign" during the campaigning period. So much for freedom of expression!

3 comments:

Josh said...

It's strange for us North American Raised, but I'm guessing that they see it not as supression of freedom of speech but as a way to keep the democratic system fair.

Anonymous said...

The Socialist government of Roh Mu Hyun is so unpopular that he has a grand total of 9% approval rating. Now you can't go any lower then that!
The Conservative party is expected to win in a landslide victory in the next election this fall.

Eva Karrin McKinnon said...

His approval rating is substantially worse than Bush's! That IS bad.