July 1st, 2004


South Korea blocks the major weblog services... including LiveJournal.

South Korea's previous efforts to censor the beheading video of Kim Sun-Il have escalated far beyond mere download sites. They are now
blocking most major weblog services, including Blogger/Blogspot, TypePad, and LiveJournal -- a degree of weblog censorship even greater than that of China or Saddam-era Iraq.

The rallying cry of opposition seems to be centering around this letter :

"I am writing this letter not primarily to criticize all Koreans .... No, my purpose is more specific: to cause the South Korean government as much embarrassment as possible, and perhaps to motivate Korean citizens to engage in some much-needed introspection. To this end, I need the blogosphere's help .... The best and quickest way to persuade the South Korean government to back down from its current position is to make it lose face in the eyes of the world." If you are interested in giving the South Korean Ministry of Information and Culture a piece of your mind, please email them at: webmaster@mic.go.kr.

...and please, feel free to pass this message on to your friends.