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S. Korea (Fwd: Re: Internet - Enemy of the State?)

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Date:          Wed, 18 Aug 1999 20:09:06 -0700
From: (Stanton McCandlish)
Subject:       S. Korea (Fwd: Re: Internet - Enemy of the State?)

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MONSTER IN A CAGE.  Because of the Internet's power to enable
conversation, many governments around the world consider it to be "a
monster in need of a cage," according to a recent editorial in the
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
1date=01-Aug-99 ).  Examples:  Tunisia has enacted legislation banning
encryption.  Jordan taxes and has policies that moves online access
out of the financial range of most people.  Saudi Arabia, Yemen and
the United Arab Emirates censor information with proxy servers.  The
list goes on.  In fact, a survey by Reporters Sans Frontieres says 45
countries "severely restrict" citizen access to the Net.   Among the
20 "real enemies" of the Net are the new countries of Central Asia and
the Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Iran, Iraq,
Libya, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia
and Vietnam.

>From: "della" <>
>To: <>, <>, <>,
>        <>, <>, <>
>Subject: Re: Internet - Enemy of the State?
>Date: Wed, 18 Aug 1999 08:44:45 +0900
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>Dear Friends,
>Ok, in Korea the article of Reporters Sans Fronti?es was
>press released at once as soon as it reported, because it
>mentioned North Korea.
>But unawakened truth even for South Korean people is that
>they don't have freespeech rights on-line, either.
>A law(53th section of the law of electronic and communications
>business) allow the Minister of information and communications
>of Korea to command the ISPs to cut articles and accounts of
>netizens they feel 'dangerous'. An open secret is that
>every week the police and the criminal investigation agencies
>like National Security Agency of Korea file up the list of
>articles and accounts and by the name of Minister they send it
>to all Korea ISPs.
>Consequensely many articles and accounts is being cut and
>even some netizens are arrested for their articles online
>or the reason they keep the 'dangerous' articles from online.
>The law is very unconstitutional, so we activists and the
>lawyers NGO of Korea (named Lawyers for a Democratic Society)
>has prepared for filing suit the law for constitution judgement,
>and finally we lawsuited on the exact day the ironical article
>reported in Korea newspapers.
>Please wish the victory together.
>Thank you.
>in Korean Progressive Network 'Jinbonet'
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>From: Hasan A. Rizvi <>
>To: <Undisclosed.recipients :;>
>Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 1999 10:40 PM
>Subject: [asialink-policy 836] Internet -- Enemy of the State? (fwd)
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>Date: Sun, 15 Aug 1999 09:07:37 +0500
>From: Zaheer Alam Kidvai <>
>Subject: The Net
>Enemy of the State?
>by Heather McCabe

[There was apparently an article here that got elided somewhere in the forwarding.]

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