Sunday, August 31, 2008

Freedom of Speech?

On August 26, a liberal scholar was arrested for "propagating socialism" in South Korea. Evidently it is actually against the law here to denounce capitalism because it is seen as a national security threat. I was just a slightly astounded to read this. I guess I just assumed that because I was living in a democracy, people would be allowed to have have their own opinions about politics, but I guess I was wrong. Fortunately the professor was released today because of a lack of evidence against him, but the police will continue their investigation.
For more information, you can read this article in the Korea Times:

Does anyone out there have any more info on this topic?


  1. Wow, with the U.S. election/media situation and stuff like this in supposed democratic S. Korea, I'm becoming more and more worried about the global development of liberal values.

    Thanks for posting this.

  2. And there's a bit more info on Prof. Oh here: