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Thursday, July 08, 2004

blog censorship note

Left a note at the site of Chung Moon-hun, who submitted the law bill for a free internet access between the Koreas. At least he's supposed to be interested in free internet access... Here's the notice board, and my note. My entry was pretty much the same in contents as in this earlier post of mine.

I got a reply to my post on rep. Chung's site.
먼저 대한민국에 대한 님의 관심에 감사드립니다.
또한 제가 대표발의한 남북교류협력에관한법률중개정법률안을 지지해 주신점 감사드립니다.
김선일씨의 죽음은 대한민국 모두에게 안타까움과 슬픔을 준 사건이었습니다.
대한민국 정보통신부에서는 처참한 살해장면 유포를 차단함으로써 국민적 동요와 정서 안정을 추구했습니다.
하지만 김선일씨 동영상 유포차단을 목적으로 다른 블로그를 봉쇄한것은 과도한 대응이었다고 생각합니다.
선생님께서도 지적하셨듯이 도메인의 완전 차단은 정보, 언론의 자유 입장에서는 납득할 수 없는 일입니다.
이 자리에서 현재 차단되어 있는 도메인에 대한 제한을 해지하는 것에 대해 확답을 드릴 수 없습니다.
그러나 정보통신부 관계자와 국회 소관상임위인 과학기술정보통신위원회 의원들과 접촉을 통해 외국과의 인터넷 교류가 합리적인 방향으로 이루어질 수 있도록 제언을 하겠습니다.

The reply, written in the name of the kwallija, says that while the site blocking was done with a large understanding from the Korean public, but the indiscriminate censorship is clearly wrong. He can't make any promises, but he will take up the matter with the MIC and in the Science, Techonology, Information and Telecommunication Committee of the parliament.
Now we should think of some other key persons to whom information and pleas about this block could be sent to increase awareness about the situation. Me being able to use the name of our department under my name isn't bad at all.

Update 2.
Wrote a message at the message board of the above-mentioned parliamentary committee, modifying somewhat the text I put on rep. Chung's homepage. (Link to my own message.)

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