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South Korean Man Given Suspended Sentence For Retweeting NK Propaganda 90

tukang writes "Park Jung-geun, 24, of South Korea has been given a 10 month suspended prison sentence for violating the country's National Security Law, which prohibits 'praising, encouraging or propagandizing' North Korea, by retweeting over 100 North Korean propaganda posts."
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South Korean Man Given Suspended Sentence For Retweeting NK Propaganda

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  • I'm curious... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ctk76 ( 531418 ) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @02:43PM (#42058285)
    I'm genuinely curious. What would happen in the US if I tweet messages praising Al-Qaeda and retweeted their propaganda and warnings about terrorism?
  • Re:Thank goodness... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ryzvonusef ( 1151717 ) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @02:56PM (#42058453) Journal

    From the articles:

    Mr. Park, who is 24 years old, had told the court he spread the messages as a way of lampooning North Korea. ...

    “There is something left to be desired in the court ruling that (my act was) intended to benefit the enemy though,” he added. “The National Security Law should be revised as quickly as possible.

    In a North Korean post that he tweaked and sent out on Twitter, he replaced a swarthy North Korean soldier’s face with a downcast version of his own and the soldier’s rifle with a bottle of whiskey.

      In his ruling, the presiding judge, Shin Jin-woo, acknowledged that some of Mr. Park’s posts were parody. But he said Mr. Park’s overall acts were tantamount to “supporting and joining forces with an antistate entity.” The justice said his court suspended the prison term, however, because Mr. Park promised not to repeat his act.

      Prosecutors argued that Mr. Park’s Twitter posts served as a dangerous tool for spreading North Korean propaganda.

  • by HungWeiLo ( 250320 ) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @04:55PM (#42059835)

    You ain't kidding about the overreach of corporations in SK. It's as close to a real-life Omni Consumer Products as it's going to get.

    In Korea, it's possible to leave from your Samsung-constructed apartment complex using the Samsung-constructed elevator, and get into your Samsung-built car to drive to a Samsung-owned eatery before going to work in a Samsung subsidiary.

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