February 25, 2024

Seoul to implement system for monitoring ‘fake news’ on North Korea

2022 budget sets aside $170,000 for project, but ministry has not specified whether violators will face penalties

South Korea’s Ministry of Unification (MOU) has set aside funding to start systematically monitoring “fake news” related to North Korea next year, though it is unclear whether the government plans to levy penalties for reports deemed false.

The ministry has earmarked $170,000 (200 million won) for the project to counter fake news in its budget for the fiscal year 2022. Announced on Friday, the budget’s total amount reaches $1.27 billion (1.5 trillion won), a 1.86% increase from 2021.