Rights Body Stuck Over Propaganda Broadcasts to N.Korea

      June 29, 2010 08:46

      The National Human Rights Commission on Monday failed to endorse the resumption of anti-North Korean propaganda broadcasts across the military demarcation line. The discussion was postponed when members could not reach agreement.

      Kim Tae-hoon of the NHRC, a proponent of the proposal, said, "North Korea is a violent regime that restricts freedom of information. I submitted the proposal to help North Koreans regain their own human rights by supplying them with information."

      Kim mentioned dissemination of propaganda leaflets and resumption of propaganda broadcasts and electronic billboards. "The North Korean regime will apparently feel the most pain when it sees news of the outside world brought into the North in such a way," he said.

      But some members were against. Cho Kuk, a professor of law at Seoul National University, called the measures "anachronistic." "Wary of such things, the North Korean regime will put pressure on North Koreans instead," he said.

      The North protested furiously on June 12 against the South's installation of loudspeakers for propaganda broadcasts, which came in response to the sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan. It threatened "all-out war" and warned it will fire at the loudspeakers.

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