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puzzlet at gmail

Dec 21, 2010, 8:56 PM

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Korean Wikipedians charged with "criminal defamation:" a potential threat of censorship

At most four Korean Wikipedians are charged with defamation of Song
Young-gil, the Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City.

According to the contributors, the prosecution is upon the Song's own
request, and is going to be over publicizing a fabricated sex scandal
in the article about him and (semi-)protecting it. The text in
question is merely a sum-up of various reports about the speculations
eventually found to be a hoax. Non-logged-in user(s) from various IP
addresses have tried to remove the whole controversy section,
including not only the scandal but other arguments about him,
replacing it with personal contrary comments and legal threats. The
edits are consequently reverted by some users and rollbacked by one
administrator. The admin, [[ko:User:Kys951]], is also accused of
being an abettor just because he is an admin.

In the South Korean legal system, criminal defamation is partially a
"crime upon complaint," (친고죄/親告罪) which becomes irrelevant to be a
crime when the complainant chose to withdraw the case. (Note that I'm
not a specialist of law, especially in English terminology.) The
police of Southeastern Incheon thought the case itself is too
insignificant to be a criminal case and tried to persuade him to
withdraw it, only to be declined.

Song has reportedly demanded the admin to remove the paragraph in
exchange for fixing the charge, which is definitely not the way how
Wikipedia works.

Another concern about this incident is that this could happen to every
bit of contribution to the project. South Korean government had been
censoring any scribble on the web they think beneficial to North
Korea,[2] and for later on, anything they think "fraudulent" whenever
the state is in "threat," according to an exclusive report.[3]

[1] https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ko/w/index.php?title=%EC%86%A1%EC%98%81%EA%B8%B8&diff=5832689
[2] http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/shame_on_democratic_south_korea_for_censoring_face.php
[3] http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/economy/it/455022.html

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meta.sj at gmail

Dec 21, 2010, 9:11 PM

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Puzzlet - How unfortunate. Is there a lawyer available to advise the
Wikipedians? - SJ

On Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 11:56 PM, Puzzlet Chung <puzzlet [at] gmail> wrote:
> At most four Korean Wikipedians are charged with defamation of Song
> Young-gil, the Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City.
>
> According to the contributors, the prosecution is upon the Song's own
> request, and is going to be over publicizing a fabricated sex scandal
> in the article about him and (semi-)protecting it. The text in
> question is merely a sum-up of various reports about the speculations
> eventually found to be a hoax. Non-logged-in user(s) from various IP
> addresses have tried to remove the whole controversy section,
> including not only the scandal but other arguments about him,
> replacing it with personal contrary comments and legal threats. The
> edits are consequently reverted by some users and rollbacked by one
> administrator. The admin, [[ko:User:Kys951]], is also accused of
> being an abettor just because he is an admin.
>
> In the South Korean legal system, criminal defamation is partially a
> "crime upon complaint," (ģ/ͱ) which becomes irrelevant to be a
> crime when the complainant chose to withdraw the case. (Note that I'm
> not a specialist of law, especially in English terminology.) The
> police of Southeastern Incheon thought the case itself is too
> insignificant to be a criminal case and tried to persuade him to
> withdraw it, only to be declined.
>
> Song has reportedly demanded the admin to remove the paragraph in
> exchange for fixing the charge, which is definitely not the way how
> Wikipedia works.
>
> Another concern about this incident is that this could happen to every
> bit of contribution to the project. South Korean government had been
> censoring any scribble on the web they think beneficial to North
> Korea,[2] and for later on, anything they think "fraudulent" whenever
> the state is in "threat," according to an exclusive report.[3]
>
> [1] https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ko/w/index.php?title=%EC%86%A1%EC%98%81%EA%B8%B8&diff=5832689
> [2] http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/shame_on_democratic_south_korea_for_censoring_face.php
> [3] http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/economy/it/455022.html
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puzzlet at gmail

Dec 21, 2010, 9:18 PM

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I'm afraid not.

(And I forgot to introduce myself - I'm [[ko:User:PuzzletChung]], a
bureaucrat from kowiki.)

2010/12/22 Samuel Klein <meta.sj [at] gmail>:
> Puzzlet - How unfortunate.  Is there a lawyer available to advise the
> Wikipedians?   - SJ
>
> On Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 11:56 PM, Puzzlet Chung <puzzlet [at] gmail> wrote:
>> At most four Korean Wikipedians are charged with defamation of Song
>> Young-gil, the Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City.
>>
>> According to the contributors, the prosecution is upon the Song's own
>> request, and is going to be over publicizing a fabricated sex scandal
>> in the article about him and (semi-)protecting it.  The text in
>> question is merely a sum-up of various reports about the speculations
>> eventually found to be a hoax.  Non-logged-in user(s) from various IP
>> addresses have tried to remove the whole controversy section,
>> including not only the scandal but other arguments about him,
>> replacing it with personal contrary comments and legal threats.  The
>> edits are consequently reverted by some users and rollbacked by one
>> administrator.  The admin, [[ko:User:Kys951]], is also accused of
>> being an abettor just because he is an admin.
>>
>> In the South Korean legal system, criminal defamation is partially a
>> "crime upon complaint," (친고죄/親告罪) which becomes irrelevant to be a
>> crime when the complainant chose to withdraw the case.  (Note that I'm
>> not a specialist of law, especially in English terminology.)  The
>> police of Southeastern Incheon thought the case itself is too
>> insignificant to be a criminal case and tried to persuade him to
>> withdraw it, only to be declined.
>>
>> Song has reportedly demanded the admin to remove the paragraph in
>> exchange for fixing the charge, which is definitely not the way how
>> Wikipedia works.
>>
>> Another concern about this incident is that this could happen to every
>> bit of contribution to the project.  South Korean government had been
>> censoring any scribble on the web they think beneficial to North
>> Korea,[2] and for later on, anything they think "fraudulent" whenever
>> the state is in "threat," according to an exclusive report.[3]
>>
>> [1] https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ko/w/index.php?title=%EC%86%A1%EC%98%81%EA%B8%B8&diff=5832689
>> [2] http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/shame_on_democratic_south_korea_for_censoring_face.php
>> [3] http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/economy/it/455022.html
>>
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fredbaud at fairpoint

Dec 22, 2010, 2:35 AM

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This seems to be an example of the trouble that the Wikipedia:Biographies
of living persons policy on the English Wikipedia is crafted to avoid,
unsourced or poorly sourced negative information about a living person
can be removed immediately by any editor. Here, if I'm reading right, it
was put back up again despite being repeatedly removed.

Another aspect of this is that if there is a law around, even a disused,
rarely enforced law, the possibility exists that someone will evoke it
and put you into court with baleful consequences, even if you "win" in
the end. For example in Colorado there is a criminal libel law that
covers the dead, see
https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Defamation#Criminal_defamation
How one could fully comply with such a monstrosity as that is beyond me.

Fred

User:Fred Bauder


> At most four Korean Wikipedians are charged with defamation of Song
> Young-gil, the Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City.
>
> According to the contributors, the prosecution is upon the Song's own
> request, and is going to be over publicizing a fabricated sex scandal
> in the article about him and (semi-)protecting it. The text in
> question is merely a sum-up of various reports about the speculations
> eventually found to be a hoax. Non-logged-in user(s) from various IP
> addresses have tried to remove the whole controversy section,
> including not only the scandal but other arguments about him,
> replacing it with personal contrary comments and legal threats. The
> edits are consequently reverted by some users and rollbacked by one
> administrator. The admin, [[ko:User:Kys951]], is also accused of
> being an abettor just because he is an admin.
>
> In the South Korean legal system, criminal defamation is partially a
> "crime upon complaint," (친고죄/親告罪) which becomes irrelevant to
> be a
> crime when the complainant chose to withdraw the case. (Note that I'm
> not a specialist of law, especially in English terminology.) The
> police of Southeastern Incheon thought the case itself is too
> insignificant to be a criminal case and tried to persuade him to
> withdraw it, only to be declined.
>
> Song has reportedly demanded the admin to remove the paragraph in
> exchange for fixing the charge, which is definitely not the way how
> Wikipedia works.
>
> Another concern about this incident is that this could happen to every
> bit of contribution to the project. South Korean government had been
> censoring any scribble on the web they think beneficial to North
> Korea,[2] and for later on, anything they think "fraudulent" whenever
> the state is in "threat," according to an exclusive report.[3]
>
> [1]
> https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ko/w/index.php?title=%EC%86%A1%EC%98%81%EA%B8%B8&diff=5832689
> [2]
> http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/shame_on_democratic_south_korea_for_censoring_face.php
> [3] http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/economy/it/455022.html
>
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fredbaud at fairpoint

Dec 22, 2010, 2:51 AM

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An example of an actual prosecution:

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=20937

Fred

> This seems to be an example of the trouble that the Wikipedia:Biographies
> of living persons policy on the English Wikipedia is crafted to avoid,
> unsourced or poorly sourced negative information about a living person
> can be removed immediately by any editor. Here, if I'm reading right, it
> was put back up again despite being repeatedly removed.
>
> Another aspect of this is that if there is a law around, even a disused,
> rarely enforced law, the possibility exists that someone will evoke it
> and put you into court with baleful consequences, even if you "win" in
> the end. For example in Colorado there is a criminal libel law that
> covers the dead, see
> https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Defamation#Criminal_defamation
> How one could fully comply with such a monstrosity as that is beyond me.
>
> Fred
>
> User:Fred Bauder
>
>
>> At most four Korean Wikipedians are charged with defamation of Song
>> Young-gil, the Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City.
>>
>> According to the contributors, the prosecution is upon the Song's own
>> request, and is going to be over publicizing a fabricated sex scandal
>> in the article about him and (semi-)protecting it. The text in
>> question is merely a sum-up of various reports about the speculations
>> eventually found to be a hoax. Non-logged-in user(s) from various IP
>> addresses have tried to remove the whole controversy section,
>> including not only the scandal but other arguments about him,
>> replacing it with personal contrary comments and legal threats. The
>> edits are consequently reverted by some users and rollbacked by one
>> administrator. The admin, [[ko:User:Kys951]], is also accused of
>> being an abettor just because he is an admin.
>>
>> In the South Korean legal system, criminal defamation is partially a
>> "crime upon complaint," (친고죄/親告罪) which becomes irrelevant
>> to
>> be a
>> crime when the complainant chose to withdraw the case. (Note that I'm
>> not a specialist of law, especially in English terminology.) The
>> police of Southeastern Incheon thought the case itself is too
>> insignificant to be a criminal case and tried to persuade him to
>> withdraw it, only to be declined.
>>
>> Song has reportedly demanded the admin to remove the paragraph in
>> exchange for fixing the charge, which is definitely not the way how
>> Wikipedia works.
>>
>> Another concern about this incident is that this could happen to every
>> bit of contribution to the project. South Korean government had been
>> censoring any scribble on the web they think beneficial to North
>> Korea,[2] and for later on, anything they think "fraudulent" whenever
>> the state is in "threat," according to an exclusive report.[3]
>>
>> [1]
>> https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ko/w/index.php?title=%EC%86%A1%EC%98%81%EA%B8%B8&diff=5832689
>> [2]
>> http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/shame_on_democratic_south_korea_for_censoring_face.php
>> [3] http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/economy/it/455022.html
>>
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Dec 22, 2010, 6:45 AM

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On 22/12/2010 04:56, Puzzlet Chung wrote:
> At most four Korean Wikipedians are charged with defamation of Song
> Young-gil, the Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City.
>
>
> Another concern about this incident is that this could happen to every
> bit of contribution to the project. South Korean government had been
> censoring any scribble on the web they think beneficial to North
> Korea,[2] and for later on, anything they think "fraudulent" whenever
> the state is in "threat," according to an exclusive report.[3]
>
> [1] https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ko/w/index.php?title=%EC%86%A1%EC%98%81%EA%B8%B8&diff=5832689
> [2] http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/shame_on_democratic_south_korea_for_censoring_face.php
> [3] http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/economy/it/455022.html
>

Unfortunately, the days when anyone could post anything they liked on
the web, and eschew all responsibility, are fast coming to an end. Those
posting KP found that out some years ago, as did those uploading
copyright music, and films. Those that perpetuate libels are also being
called to account, as are those that post voyeuristic images of people
in the street. Laterly jokes, and hoaxes on twitter are getting people
arrested.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/twitter-user-faces-jail-over-airport-threat-1905133.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/8096784/Frenchman-locked-up-for-asking-Rachida-Dati-for-an-inflation.html


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Dec 22, 2010, 7:55 AM

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The Colorado law has been significantly weakened in the past year. See Mink v. Knox, No. 08-1250 (10th Cir. July 19, 2010), slip. op. at 26.

-Dan

On Dec 22, 2010, at 5:51 AM, Fred Bauder wrote:

> An example of an actual prosecution:
>
> http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=20937
>
> Fred
>
>> This seems to be an example of the trouble that the Wikipedia:Biographies
>> of living persons policy on the English Wikipedia is crafted to avoid,
>> unsourced or poorly sourced negative information about a living person
>> can be removed immediately by any editor. Here, if I'm reading right, it
>> was put back up again despite being repeatedly removed.
>>
>> Another aspect of this is that if there is a law around, even a disused,
>> rarely enforced law, the possibility exists that someone will evoke it
>> and put you into court with baleful consequences, even if you "win" in
>> the end. For example in Colorado there is a criminal libel law that
>> covers the dead, see
>> https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Defamation#Criminal_defamation
>> How one could fully comply with such a monstrosity as that is beyond me.
>>
>> Fred
>>
>> User:Fred Bauder
>>
>>
>>> At most four Korean Wikipedians are charged with defamation of Song
>>> Young-gil, the Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City.
>>>
>>> According to the contributors, the prosecution is upon the Song's own
>>> request, and is going to be over publicizing a fabricated sex scandal
>>> in the article about him and (semi-)protecting it. The text in
>>> question is merely a sum-up of various reports about the speculations
>>> eventually found to be a hoax. Non-logged-in user(s) from various IP
>>> addresses have tried to remove the whole controversy section,
>>> including not only the scandal but other arguments about him,
>>> replacing it with personal contrary comments and legal threats. The
>>> edits are consequently reverted by some users and rollbacked by one
>>> administrator. The admin, [[ko:User:Kys951]], is also accused of
>>> being an abettor just because he is an admin.
>>>
>>> In the South Korean legal system, criminal defamation is partially a
>>> "crime upon complaint," (친 죄/親告罪) which becomes irrelevant
>>> to
>>> be a
>>> crime when the complainant chose to withdraw the case. (Note that I'm
>>> not a specialist of law, especially in English terminology.) The
>>> police of Southeastern Incheon thought the case itself is too
>>> insignificant to be a criminal case and tried to persuade him to
>>> withdraw it, only to be declined.
>>>
>>> Song has reportedly demanded the admin to remove the paragraph in
>>> exchange for fixing the charge, which is definitely not the way how
>>> Wikipedia works.
>>>
>>> Another concern about this incident is that this could happen to every
>>> bit of contribution to the project. South Korean government had been
>>> censoring any scribble on the web they think beneficial to North
>>> Korea,[2] and for later on, anything they think "fraudulent" whenever
>>> the state is in "threat," according to an exclusive report.[3]
>>>
>>> [1]
>>> https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ko/w/index.php?title=%EC%86%A1%EC%98%81%EA%B8%B8&diff=5832689
>>> [2]
>>> http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/shame_on_democratic_south_korea_for_censoring_face.php
>>> [3] http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/economy/it/455022.html
>>>
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Dec 22, 2010, 8:46 AM

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Dear colleague Puzzlet,

Thank you for passing through the information. Do you already have a
large press reaction? And how about writing an English article about
the person in question? I may know people who would like to translate
into other languages. :-)

Kind regards
Ziko


2010/12/22 Dan Rosenthal <swatjester [at] gmail>:
> The Colorado law has been significantly weakened in the past year. See Mink v. Knox, No. 08-1250 (10th Cir. July 19, 2010), slip. op. at 26.
>
> -Dan
>
> On Dec 22, 2010, at 5:51 AM, Fred Bauder wrote:
>
>> An example of an actual prosecution:
>>
>> http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=20937
>>
>> Fred
>>
>>> This seems to be an example of the trouble that the Wikipedia:Biographies
>>> of living persons policy on the English Wikipedia is crafted to avoid,
>>> unsourced or poorly sourced negative information about a living person
>>> can be removed immediately by any editor. Here, if I'm reading right, it
>>> was put back up again despite being repeatedly removed.
>>>
>>> Another aspect of this is that if there is a law around, even a disused,
>>> rarely enforced law, the possibility exists that someone will evoke it
>>> and put you into court with baleful consequences, even if you "win" in
>>> the end. For example in Colorado there is a criminal libel law that
>>> covers the dead, see
>>> https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Defamation#Criminal_defamation
>>> How one could fully comply with such a monstrosity as that is beyond me.
>>>
>>> Fred
>>>
>>> User:Fred Bauder
>>>
>>>
>>>> At most four Korean Wikipedians are charged with defamation of Song
>>>> Young-gil, the Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City.
>>>>
>>>> According to the contributors, the prosecution is upon the Song's own
>>>> request, and is going to be over publicizing a fabricated sex scandal
>>>> in the article about him and (semi-)protecting it.  The text in
>>>> question is merely a sum-up of various reports about the speculations
>>>> eventually found to be a hoax.  Non-logged-in user(s) from various IP
>>>> addresses have tried to remove the whole controversy section,
>>>> including not only the scandal but other arguments about him,
>>>> replacing it with personal contrary comments and legal threats.  The
>>>> edits are consequently reverted by some users and rollbacked by one
>>>> administrator.  The admin, [[ko:User:Kys951]], is also accused of
>>>> being an abettor just because he is an admin.
>>>>
>>>> In the South Korean legal system, criminal defamation is partially a
>>>> "crime upon complaint," (ì¹œê³ ì£„/親告罪) which becomes irrelevant
>>>> to
>>>> be a
>>>> crime when the complainant chose to withdraw the case.  (Note that I'm
>>>> not a specialist of law, especially in English terminology.)  The
>>>> police of Southeastern Incheon thought the case itself is too
>>>> insignificant to be a criminal case and tried to persuade him to
>>>> withdraw it, only to be declined.
>>>>
>>>> Song has reportedly demanded the admin to remove the paragraph in
>>>> exchange for fixing the charge, which is definitely not the way how
>>>> Wikipedia works.
>>>>
>>>> Another concern about this incident is that this could happen to every
>>>> bit of contribution to the project.  South Korean government had been
>>>> censoring any scribble on the web they think beneficial to North
>>>> Korea,[2] and for later on, anything they think "fraudulent" whenever
>>>> the state is in "threat," according to an exclusive report.[3]
>>>>
>>>> [1]
>>>> https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ko/w/index.php?title=%EC%86%A1%EC%98%81%EA%B8%B8&diff=5832689
>>>> [2]
>>>> http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/shame_on_democratic_south_korea_for_censoring_face.php
>>>> [3] http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/economy/it/455022.html
>>>>
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Dec 22, 2010, 9:16 AM

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I expect a good lawyer can be found. The WMF might be able to help
with that, they have lots of useful contacts. If even the police
didn't think there is much of a case, they must stand a very good
chance of winning the case. While it will surely be a very stressful
and unpleasant experience for the Wikipedians concerned, a victory in
a case like this could set a very useful legal precedent (both in
South Korea and internationally).

On 22 December 2010 05:18, Puzzlet Chung <puzzlet [at] gmail> wrote:
> I'm afraid not.
>
> (And I forgot to introduce myself - I'm [[ko:User:PuzzletChung]], a
> bureaucrat from kowiki.)
>
> 2010/12/22 Samuel Klein <meta.sj [at] gmail>:
>> Puzzlet - How unfortunate.  Is there a lawyer available to advise the
>> Wikipedians?   - SJ
>>
>> On Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 11:56 PM, Puzzlet Chung <puzzlet [at] gmail> wrote:
>>> At most four Korean Wikipedians are charged with defamation of Song
>>> Young-gil, the Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City.
>>>
>>> According to the contributors, the prosecution is upon the Song's own
>>> request, and is going to be over publicizing a fabricated sex scandal
>>> in the article about him and (semi-)protecting it.  The text in
>>> question is merely a sum-up of various reports about the speculations
>>> eventually found to be a hoax.  Non-logged-in user(s) from various IP
>>> addresses have tried to remove the whole controversy section,
>>> including not only the scandal but other arguments about him,
>>> replacing it with personal contrary comments and legal threats.  The
>>> edits are consequently reverted by some users and rollbacked by one
>>> administrator.  The admin, [[ko:User:Kys951]], is also accused of
>>> being an abettor just because he is an admin.
>>>
>>> In the South Korean legal system, criminal defamation is partially a
>>> "crime upon complaint," (친고죄/親告罪) which becomes irrelevant to be a
>>> crime when the complainant chose to withdraw the case.  (Note that I'm
>>> not a specialist of law, especially in English terminology.)  The
>>> police of Southeastern Incheon thought the case itself is too
>>> insignificant to be a criminal case and tried to persuade him to
>>> withdraw it, only to be declined.
>>>
>>> Song has reportedly demanded the admin to remove the paragraph in
>>> exchange for fixing the charge, which is definitely not the way how
>>> Wikipedia works.
>>>
>>> Another concern about this incident is that this could happen to every
>>> bit of contribution to the project.  South Korean government had been
>>> censoring any scribble on the web they think beneficial to North
>>> Korea,[2] and for later on, anything they think "fraudulent" whenever
>>> the state is in "threat," according to an exclusive report.[3]
>>>
>>> [1] https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ko/w/index.php?title=%EC%86%A1%EC%98%81%EA%B8%B8&diff=5832689
>>> [2] http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/shame_on_democratic_south_korea_for_censoring_face.php
>>> [3] http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/economy/it/455022.html
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