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Friday, January 22, 2016

South Korean man acquitted for following North Korea on twitter

Following North Korea on Twitter is not a crime, a South Korean court ruled Thursday.A 73-year-old South Korean man was accused of distributing pro-North Korea propaganda after he followed the country's official account on the social network. Prosecutors alleged the former journalist, identified only as Lee, was sympathizing with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's communist kingdom -- an illegal act under South Korean law.
South Korea's controversial National Security Law criminalizes "anti-state" acts and forbids citizens from supporting the North in any context. But because Lee didn't retweet any posts, he was found not guilty of sharing or distributing North Korean content and was acquitted, The Guardian reports.

But even if his Twitter profile didn't land him behind bars, his personal blog did. The Korea Times reports Lee was sentenced him to a year in jail anyway for praising the North on his blog years ago.

Human rights groups and other critics have pointed out that these South Korean "security" measures are simply a way to censor citizens. The National Security Law "continues to be used as a tool to attempt to silence dissent, and to harass and arbitrarily prosecute individuals and civil society organizations who are peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, opinion and association," argued Amnesty International in a 2012 report.

Tensions are running high again between North and South Korea.

South Korea recently blasted its popular K-pop music across the border into North Korea, where such fun is prohibited.

60 comments:

Flawless Ricko said...

Every1 keeping doing dis..only God is the way.

Unique Treasure said...

seen






















#she'sunique#

Babylawyer. said...

Whatever! That's their bother they should deal with it.

@Lindaikeji No. I FAN

Olivia Ngene said...

Hiaaaaaaan











#iT wiLL oNLy gET beTTer
#iT mUsT eNd iN prAise

Flawless Ricko said...

Linda u dat like following please don't follow dem oooh, still love yu so much..

stan osita said...

WE DONE HEAR

esther owem said...

Nawa ooo. Just because of following,God have mercy

Di Mateo Xavie said...

The hostilities bw both nations aint gonna end oo...imagine bn charge to court for following a country

KELVIN OBIECHIE said...

The hate is as much as this?????? Na wa oh...








~Make I go drink one bottle of beer~

YOUNGBUHARI said...

Like I don't get this people..! Na them know sha

Unique Treasure said...

seen






















#she'sunique#

Ndubisi Tochukwu said...

Jeeez...social media has caused plenty wahala for pple o. The feud btw those two countries though.

Solomon Chukwuka said...

Bullshit

Alloy Chikezie said...

They'll never stop.

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Pesin Pikin said...

Really shouldn't be a crime pls

BEAUTIFUL9JADELTA said...

BEAUTIFUL9JADELTABABE.. Na wah ohh lindus next hmm anyway me am Justsayingmaownohh via ma LATEST TECNO f7.
@lindiakeji d lindus am still waiting ohh

mudi X said...

Thumbs up to d court, dat is not enough reason 4 someone to b jailed, freedom of association should b allowed

mudi X said...

Thumbs up to d court, dat is not enough reason 4 someone to b jailed, freedom of association should b allowed

Enyinnaya Dimgba said...

South Korea better stay off Kim Jong Un's path.
Even America is wary of his fierce outburst. I so much respect him in spite of how bad Western Media portray him.
ALHAJI_NATTY

chioma jacinta said...

Ok. * it's well*

Adejoke fasasi said...

Cant people follow any one they want.
Racists oshi


#Hajia Mufliat

Kosoko Remilekun said...

Na dem sabi

#remitekosoko

samson adele said...

Na wa ooo North n South korea pls sue for Peace n unity

optimisticlady said...

Enmity at its peak!

tosisochukwu said...

That is arant nonsense




















































































!brightosman aka fake phyno .#gerarahere

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Na waoo!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Na dem sabi biko. Linda take note!

ahabike daniel said...

Chai

Anthony Sylvanus said...

Noted

Linda's pearl said...

Seennn

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Just like dat?


...merited happiness

DBANJ CRUSH said...

Rubbish,,







LINDA NOTIFY DBANJ

Anonymous said...

FG of Nigeria will learn from this as it relates to Biafra agitation. South Korean did not hanging him for following North Korean on twitter.

GREAtson Vieriche CJ said...

Some people are just born to be sympathizers of evil.

Nwariaku Munachi said...

Okay

temitope faizat said...

Na wa ooo

Paul Ocheke said...

Happy for him... Double your hustle

Odibe Blessing said...

Their wahala....

Vivian Reginalds said...

Lol smh
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

owakah (A.K.A. Innosometin) said...

OK

Bonita Bislam said...

Hmmmmm & these countries were once brothers

Jamila Shaibu said...

Hmmmmmm Na wa oooo...





Post my comment..

Y.F.C. Omrex said...

Observed, him do well, with all humility and honesty I have feelings for Linda Ikeji and would sincerely wish to meet her in person this year as part of my resolution.

HECTOR EKITI said...

Ooya now, let the drama continue

Let's go Linda

General said...

Nation against nation. End time indeed!

Andy sneh said...

Their headache.

buckbuz said...

In this 21st century?!!!.....there will be consequences

Adaobilinda her sexcellency said...

Their palava jare

uche ekwulugo said...

Issorite before u know na Dem go start war



AJ MAIN BOY...

I B M bolubantin said...

Funny people, funny world

Odey Patrick said...

Noted

golda awosika said...

Lol, ds is d funniest thing I have ever seen







#*karlishah*

QUI OO. said...

WICKED MAN! I HATE HIM.

Charles Okafor said...

Chai... Nawa oo













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Oshios Baba said...

Wahala de ooh ...

udeh martha said...

Funny people, funny world

Angel Makiz said...

funny....angelmakiz@yahoo.com

Pearlie said...

Na wa oo

izy 2 nv said...

THOSE TWO COUNTRIES ARE SWOR ENEMIES. IF IT WERE THE OTHER WAY ROUND, KIM WOULD HAVE BEHEADED HIM

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