Stories about South Korea from March, 2012
In South Korea,a politician's ridiculous comment that his Twitter account was "exploded" by the opposition has come under fire. The politician's remark and the governing conservative party's rhetoric have drawn numerous jokes and sneers online.
A video with English subtitle explaining why protesters are against constructing a naval based in the Jeju island was posted on the Youtube site. The opposition accused the construction of destroying a rare ecosystem and disrupting local livelihood, while the other side argues it is necessary for national defense.
On March 27, North Korea announced that it would not abandon its satellite launch in mid April despite U.S. President Barack Obama's high profile visit to South Korea this week. China's President Hu Jintao has been rather prudent in expressing his position, while in the social media, netizens' viewpoints are divided.
The Monster Island blog wrote several posts on US President Obama's visit to South Korea. Read the blogger's commentary on Obama's side trip to the demilitarized zone which is a de facto border between the two Koreas and President Obama's new Korean name.
North Korea Tech blog wrote about North Korea's rocket launch which is scheduled for next month. The blogger, after analyzing the International Maritime Organization's documents, predicted that the rocket will drop to earth in two stages off the western coast of South Korea and to the east of Luzon Island in the Philippines.
South Korea: Photos of Politicians Staring at Revealing Photos of Ladies in National Assembly building
Photos of politicians staring at revealing photos of ladies have been widely viewed in South Korea, prompting net users to express their frustration and annoyance towards lawmakers doing meaningless web searches and taking a nap in the National Assembly building mostly during their work hours.
In South Korea, following one of biggest TV network’s desperate attempt to overthrow its president over unfair news coverage and corruption allegations, the nation’s two other major TV stations have joined forces in standing up against their management.
Mary Soo Anderson writes about the North Korean refugees issue in China and urges human rights organizations continue fighting for them.
South Korean Tweeters have joined rallies against the Jeju naval base construction that has been blamed for disrupting residents’ livelihood and destroying a rare ecosystem. Each Twitter user has volunteered to take turns to one-person protest against the construction and to tweet the photos, such as user @okeeffe00, @sirdy10 and @yds5921 did in...
Cartoonists rallied against the Korea Communications Standards Commission's recent decision to more tightly censor the online cartoon contents and label innocuous cartoons as x-rated. NoCut_Toon.com blog [ko] posted related photos such as well-known cartoonist Gang Pull one-person protesting in front of the Commission building.
South Korea: Major Network TV Journalists and Producers Joined Forces in Protest For Fair Journalism
Following MBC workers’ indefinite strike against the company president and his censorship of news contents, journalists, producers and union workers of other major TV networks have joined the protest calling for fair journalism. One well-known journalist appeared on this video clip [ko] that encourages people to attend a rally planned on...
A controversial free trade agreement between the United States and South Korea took effect starting March 15, 2012, prompting protests in downtown Seoul, South Korea. The nation's citizen media, Wiki Tree consolidated tweet photos of the protest.
Reporters Without Borders released its annual report on internet censorship. North Korea again appeared on the “enemies of the internet” list and South Korea joined the list of “countries under surveillance” due to the government's clamp down on online contents considered “Pro-North Korea”. North Korea Tech blog wrote a brief analysis on this.
The Global Justice blog wrote about what individuals can do to promote and encourage protests against the Jeju naval base construction which has been blamed for destroying a rare ecosystem and disrupting the resident's livelihoods. Recently violent clashes between the government and protesters erupted as the construction launch date draws...
The Marmot's hole blog displayed interesting discussion threads on Chinese repatriation of North Korean defectors. Several reports revealed last week Chinese government sent back 31 North Korean defectors to North Korea where even families who helped those to escape from the country are being arrested and interrogated.
Villagers from Gangjeong, South Korea, have been protesting against the construction of a naval base on Jeju Island for several years. On March 7, the South Korean navy together with the construction company Samsung Corporation, started blasting out rock foundations in the coastline.
On International Women's Day, flight attendants from one of South Korea's major airlines held a press conference in front of airline headquarters to demand the right to wear trousers. Korean netizens came out in strong support.
Journalists of one of South Korea's biggest commercial television networks, the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), have been on indefinite strike since January 2012 demanding fair journalism free of political interference. On March 4, 2012, 166 journalists announced they would quit their jobs in protest.
South Korean net users have created a crisis map on clashes between the government and activists over a naval base construction in the Jeju island. The construction plan has been accused of destroying the environment and the villagers’ way of life.
Arrest and detention and violent clampdowns are worsening in Gangjeong village, South Korea's Jeju island as dynamites for construction purposes were delivered this week. Media Mongu is live-tweeting photos of clashes between the government and activists, residents and religious groups.