May 20, 2024

ROK ban on North Korean media limits free speech, State Department says

US highlights how South Korean laws restrict freedoms, while finding no changes to DPRK’s poor human rights situation

South Korea’s ban on the consumption of North Korean media and other restrictions imposed by the National Security Act (NSA) limit freedom of speech and expression, the U.S. State Department states in a new report, while also finding that there have been “no significant changes” to the DPRK’s poor human rights situation.

The U.S. assessment of the NSA in new country reports on human rights released Monday largely repeats past findings that it limits freedom of speech and restricts internet access, but this year’s report more prominently highlights the law's impact on freedoms in South Korea.  

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