Court acquits S. Korean for following pro-North Twitter account

January 21, 2016

SEOUL (Yonhap) — A local court has acquitted a 73-year-old former journalist accused of following a Twitter account praising North Korean ideology, court records showed Thursday.

The Seoul Western District Court found the defendant, identified only by his surname Lee, not guilty of following the account of North Korea’s main propaganda website, Uriminzokkiri, which means “only by Korean ourselves.”

Prosecutors indicted Lee on charges of following the account and posting pro-Pyongyang writings on his blog in November 2009.

The court, however, said just following an account cannot be deemed as distributing pro-North Korean content as they are only shown on the follower’s account.

Those who follow Lee can see the pro-North tweets if the defendant retweets or writes comments on them. The court said there is a lack of evidence to say Lee conducted either of the actions.

Still, Lee was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for two years, for writing North Korean propaganda on his blog.

South Koreans are banned from joining a pro-Pyongyang organization or having unauthorized contact with North Korea. They are also prohibited from supporting or praising the North in any way under the National Security Law.

2 Comments

  1. free twitter followers

    April 1, 2017 at 5:19 AM

    Thank you for the news as this is the right time as court acquits that this is the time for South korea to follow the pro-north twitter account

  2. Will

    September 18, 2017 at 1:28 AM

    The authorities should have investigated whether her account had been hacked as it is rather easy for random people to know how to hack a twitter account when this information is publicly available online.

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