Sunday, January 11, 2009

Free Speech?

Report: SKorean blogger arrested

SEOUL, South Korea – A South Korean blogger pleaded not guilty Saturday to charges that he spread false economic information on the Internet, a news report said, in a case that drew heated debate over freedom of speech. The blogger, identified only by his surname Park, gained prominence among South Koreans because some of his dire predictions about the global economy, including the collapse of Lehman Brothers, later proved to be correct. Known widely by his pen name "Minerva," the mythological Greek goddess of wisdom, the 31-year-old Park was accused of spreading false information on an Internet discussion site last month that the government had ordered major financial institutions and trade businesses not to purchase U.S. dollars

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8 thoughts on “Free Speech?

  • Damian Green was arrested using the UK anti terror laws.Sign of the times ?

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  • japanese uncle says:

    Let us never talk about sedition on this website. Otherwise they may come and get us, in the name of Anti-Terror Law.

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  • Must of been very close to the truth to get arrested. HPC.co.uk next?

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  • One can talk of agendas but just try to stop them!

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  • There are laws in most countries about spreading false financial information for personal gain. For example Robert Peston could make a killing by shorting HSBC shares then going on tv and announcing that they are bankrupt.

    Freedom of speech doesn’t allow you to shout “fire” in a crowded theatre. The financial markets are a permanently crowded theatre.

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  • last_days_of_disco says:

    @drewster

    I don’t agree with the analogy. Like most analogies, it’s bogus. The financial markets are not a permanently crowded theater. The fact is that shouting “fire” is because there is a physical fire and people could get killed. People don’t expect to go to the theatre and die but they do understand that there can be a big risk in financial markets. Anyway, based on that definition you would have to arrest the entire financial press. Its ridiculous. What happened to “Let the buyer beware”. Its just the elite getting stroppy because their stuff is getting snacked.

    Using the SK reasoning, only “approved” commentators should be able to say stuff on the internet similar to those EU regs drafted after Ireland said no. Sheesh. I trust the public to make their own choices the professionals have been the people who created this mess.

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  • it_is_going_with_a_bang says:

    I obviously am not aware if what he actually wrote, but giving advice on an internet blog should never be illegal.
    What next? Arrested in the pub for advising against buying shares?

    Freedom of speech is a basic human right.

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  • 6. it_is_going_with_a_bang said…Freedom of speech is a basic human right.

    crunchy- “FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS ONLY FOR THE DUMB.”

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