May 12, 2021

More outrage as South Korea debates ban on sending digital info to North Korea

Seoul to weigh potential amendment to “anti-leaflet” law, which could extend ban to digital copies and radio broadcasts

Evoking further outcry from free speech and human rights activists, South Korea’s Ministry of Unification wants to amend a contentious new law so that it bans people from sending digital information to North Korea on top of informational flyers, bibles and USBs.

The country’s new “anti-leaflet law,” or Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Act, can send people to prison for up to three years or fine them up to 30 million won (about $27,000) for sending various items to the DPRK. Soon, it may also prohibit the “intangible” from being “delivered” or “transmitted” across the border.