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Absurdity of censorship

2001-10-24

The Koreans opposing the enforced filtering of the Internet tried to post my political note
The Korean government, following a deceitful chain of events, is using the excuse of "protecting minors" to impose filtering on the Internet. The list of sites to be blocked includes not only pornography (not that pornography is a bad thing), but also sites that provide serious advice to gay people. Dont be fooled by the excuse. Censorship laws are more dangerous to a democratic society than any pornography could ever be.
on the government site for comments on the access-restriction policy. The posting was rejected--apparently because it uses the words "gay" and "pornography". So they modified it like this:
The Korean government, following a deceitful chain of events, is using the excuse of "protecting minors" to impose filtering on the Internet. The list of sites to be blocked includes not only p / o / r / n / o / g / r / a / p / h / y (not that p / o / r / n / o / g / r / a / p / h / y is a bad thing), but also sites that provide serious advice to g / a / y people. Dont be fooled by the excuse. Censorship laws are more dangerous to a democratic society than any p/ o/ r/ n/ o/ graphy could ever be.
and tried again. Then it succeeded.

Isn't it absurd that a government which asks for comments about a policy that blocks access to porn sites and sites with information for gays would reject comments that talk about the issue? It's like spelling out "i c e c r e a m" so that a four-year-old won't understand you.

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