Apparently, a number of blogs have been banned in Korea as a way to avoid the potential distribution of the video featuring the murder of Kim Seon-il at the hands of an international terrorist group.
Having never faced censorship like this, I'm not sure how to react at the moment. The democrat (please note the small 'd') in me is upset that the government has decided that the Korean people "can't handle the truth." Of course, it is also upsetting that I've been cut off from about 40% of my readership.
On the other hand, I can now in all honesty say that I have been banned and censored, something that American's most famous Frenchman Michael Moore can only claim to have experienced (which of course is just another 'creative use of the truth' for which he is famous). I guess I could consider this a badge of honor.
Also, I am trying to be culturally sensitive enough in this situation. After all, Korea apparently does not have anything like a First Amendment. On the other hand, I've always seen that kind of cultural sensitivity as more than a little racist. After all, if it is fascist for a 'white' government to restrict freedom of expression, what are we communicating if we say that it is OK for governments in Asia to have those kinds of restrictions; That the yellow man can't handle the truth? That they need government leaders to guide their weak little Asian minds? This I have to reject. The Korean people are not children and the Korean government should have more trust in their maturity. I've talked about the need for young Koreans to get over a naive view of the world that many of them seem to have. Parental measures by the government like this partial Internet ban surely do not help.
Anyway, another blogger (whom I will not mention, lest the Ministry of of Information and Communications (MIC) give him special attention) sent an email out with a way around the ban until it is lifted (if it is lifted).
You can go to this web page: http://anonymouse.ws/anonwww.html
Then type in my URL: http://gopkorea.blogs.com/flyingyangban/
Obviously, if you are reading this, you don't need unipeak, but I hope that some readers in the states can get this information to your friends in Korea.
I might try to collect the URLs of other banned blogs tomorrow if I can find enough time.
BTW, just for the record, I have never posted a link to the video, nor have I knowingly allowed any commenters to link to it.
UPDATE: Oranckay has talked to someone at the MIC and has other information on this ban.