Elderly Blogger Probed for Promoting N.Korea

      July 12, 2011 12:30

      Prosecutors are investigating a 79-year-old man for posting over 70,000 messages praising North Korea on websites and his personal blog.

      "I am a nephew of South Korean partisan leader Shin Deok-kyun, and I visited North Korea five times between 1981 and 1995, where I had my picture taken with Great Leader Kim Il-sung, Dear Leader Kim Jong-il and Minister of Armed Forces O Chin-u," the Korean-Canadian introduced himself on a pro-Pyongyang website in December last year.

      The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Monday said the man, only identified as Kim, is suspected of violating the National Security Law by writing and disseminating pro-North Korean messages on various websites under the moniker Bomhosu (Spring Lake) since 2005.

      He started his own blog in August 2006 and has allegedly uploaded over 70,000 messages praising the North.

      In his posts, Kim claimed that the South Korean government fabricated the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan and that South Korea was to blame for the North's shelling of Yeonpyeong Island. He also fondly recalls Kim Il-sung.

      Kim moved to Canada in 1974 and reportedly worked as an illustrator. On one of the websites where he was active, Kim wrote, "It's been over 60 years since I became involved in leftist activities." He also said, "In the 1980s, I traveled to the U.S., Germany and Japan to form the Pan-Korean Alliance for Reunification, and almost got kidnapped by South Korean intelligence agents."

      The National Police Agency shut down Kim's blog on June 7 as the Korea Communications Standards Commission decided it engaged in activities against the National Security Law, but Kim recently started a new one.

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