Internet Pundit ‘Minerva’ Arrested Amid Growing Online Censorship and Regulatory Concerns

This arrest illustrates some of the serious repercussions that growing online censorship and gov’t regulatory changes have and will continue to bring about in South Korea.

The Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office has sought an arrest warrant for a 30-year-old man identified as Park, who confessed of being the real person behind famed Internet pundit, “Minerva,’’ on charges of spreading “groundless’’ allegations about the country’s ailing economy.

Law enforcement officers are eager to punish Park, who they’ve searched for months, claiming that he deliberately created confusion in financial markets by distorting facts.

However, critics argue that Park’s detainment is the latest example of the government’s inability to handle online criticism properly, with authorities going overboard in efforts to abate the rabble in cyberspace.

Korea Times

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