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Sunday, June 27, 2004

blog censorship

I'm still wondering what to do with the fact that access to this site among all the other blogspot and other major blog providers is blocked from the Republic of Korea. It is perplexing even more as no support can be expected from "the Korean public" in making the claim that indiscriminate access blocking ends up being censorship.

To send "a note of concern" to the local embassy here? They of course have no leverage anywhere, and most likely couldn't care less, but perhaps they should be aware of the harm these measures do to the image of the country they represent. To prepare a text in Korean, showing the double standard and the anti-democratic attitude of the measure, and spread it around?

But as said, very little sympathy from within Korea can be expected.
Still, it's difficult not to anything either, since we can't know what the next step could be.


On the left, a woodcut print from 1987, which has become the landmark of the 1980s minjung art, based on a photograph of dying Yi Sang-yôl who had been hit on the head by a teargas canister in a demonstration.
On the right, woodcut picture of Kim Seon-il who was murdered in Iraq, carried in a recent demonstration in demanding the withdrawal of the decision to send additional troops to Iraq.

And yet another reappreciation of an important event in the recent Korean history in connection with Kim Seon-il's murder. A "Voice of people" site banner calls for "his death not to be in vain" (그의 죽음을 헛되이 하지 말라), reusing the words of Jun Tae-il (Chôn T'ae-il), who made a self-immolation suicide in 1970 against the inhuman conditions in factories: 나의 죽음을 헛되이 말라.

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