More Civil Liberties Concerns Over Jailed Korean Blogger

from the freedom-of-speech dept

We’ve covered the story of the South Korean blogger who went by the name Minerva, and who was arrested for “spreading false rumors.” The whole episode seemed troubling to us. It seemed as though the blogger was just posting his thoughts online, and the government didn’t like what he was saying. Now even more information is coming to light, including reports that what he said (about the Korean gov’t telling banks not to buy US dollars) wasn’t quite as false as the government claimed. Apparently it wasn’t an official order — but banks were urged to avoid dollars. This has plenty of people up in arms over what seems like a clear politically motivated arrest of a guy for telling the truth that the government didn’t want people to know about, rather than any sort of “false information.”

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