South Korea to clampdown on internet use

South Korean president Lee Myung-bak is set to introduce a new law to clampdown on internet criticism of his government. The pres is set to open a can of online whoop-ass on what the South Korean authorities claim are false and libellous stories concerning government policy.

The new ruling will bring South Korean media websites in line with the country's print media regulations. Forum and chatroom users will have to use their real names to register, while the Korea Communications Commission will have the power to block any articles considered fraudulent or slanderous.

The move has been condemned by Lee Han-ki, editor of the OhmyNews, as a threat to freedom of speech in the "Land of the Morning Calm". The growth of the internet in South Korea over the last ten years has helped to create an alternative voice to the country's more traditional and conservative print media.

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