Stop Korean Online Censorship!!!

  • No Mandatory Internet Content Rating System!
  • Preserve the Right to Demonstrate Online!

Contact us => Della (Jinbonet), PatchA (Jinbonet)
Common Protesting Web Pages Download

Related Document - Korean on-going Situation from last year

- [Aritlcle] Internet Content Rating System: Simply Protects Youth from Harmful Media?
- [Aritlcle] Statement By Lee Chang-soo, On A Hunger Strike Against Internet Content Rating System
- [Aritlcle] Liberating the Cyber Frontier: The Asia Internet Rights Conference
- [Aritlcle] Internet and the Freedom of Expression
- [Aritlcle] Activists Begin Sit-In Hunger Strike Against Internet Contents Rating System

- [International Solidarity - APC] Compulsory filtering by government decree is not the way forward!
- [German online-magazine] Hilferuf aus der Republik Korea
- [Struggle Newsletter]   
2001 Campaign Against The Internet Content System in Korea
- [Statement]                
A Great Step Forward for [Anti-censorship] on the Internet
- [Statement]                
Stop the suppression of on-line activities
- [Viewpoint]                 
Internet Rights and Civil Society Movements
- [Newsletter of ACLU]   Korean censorware plans draw fire
- [Newsletter of ACLU]   Korean online protesters may face persecution
- [Newsletter of ACLU]   
Online protests of new Korean censorship plan
- [Press Reports]          
Internet Filtering Ordinance Spurs New Debate


Show solidarity with Korean activists fighting online censorship.

Last year, the Korean Ministry of Information & Communication (MIC) of the Kim Dae-jung government tried to pass the Korean Communication Decency Act. The Act included a very dangerous Internet Content Rating System provision. So, many Korean progressive groups fought against the legislation and finally, before being passed, the clauses related to the Content Rating System were deleted from the Act.

But, this year, the MIC snuck new provisions relating to a Content Rating System into the enforcement ordinance of the Act and announced that it would be carried out from July 1st. In addition to a content rating system provision, this enforcement ordinance also has very strict clause making online demonstrations illegal. For example, writing protest messages on internet bulletin boards, sending many protest messages to one server (like the MIC server), and Virtual sit-ins (known as, "DOS" - Denial of Service) etc. So, after July 1st, most online demonstrations will be illegal.

Korean Progressive groups, including the "Collaboration Action Group Against Information and Communication Censorship" (CAG) have organized events against the Act over the last two months, such as protest performances, one person demonstrations in front of the MIC, Press Conferences, and on/off-line debating conferences etc. However, the government has ignored these people's voices.

We strongly encourage international progressive groups, including NGOs (Non-government Organizations), CSGs (Civil Society Groups) etc. to join our international solidarity struggle. We attach our struggle newsletters.

Before July 1st, hundreds of Korean progressive groups are preparing actions, such as the following:

1. Online Website Strike

    When : From June 29 to July 1, for about 72 hours
    What : Site Strike will be on a lot of web sites
    How : GAG will provide a common protesting web page. All participating groups will make a common web page and place it so it appears when people first enter the site. This common web page will contain protest messages against this policy and include links to bulletin boards where people can discuss it.

2. Send online Protest Messages to Cheong Wa Dae (Korean Government), the MIC, and Korean Information Communication Ethics Committee by E-mail

3. Send off-line Protest Messages by telephone or Fax.

    * Cheong Wa Dae

      - Tel : +82-730-5800

    * Korean Ministry of Information & Communication

      - General inquiries : +82 2 750 2000
      - Help desk : +82 2 750 2114

    * The Information and Communication Ethics Committee  

      - Tel : +82-2-3415-0154     
      - Fax : +82-2-3415-0199