July 27, 2004

MU.NU Banned in Korea

No, this is not a joke. I wish it were.

The government of South Korea took humbrage at the many links to video of Kim Sun-il being beheaded (disclosure note: I was one back in my blahsplat days). In order to 'protect the family' of the victim, they took the drastic step of blocking all internet access, by browsers in Korea, to any DOMAIN with any links to the video. So, all URL's that end in blogspot.com are blocked. Browsers in Korea have been using proxies to view blogs they like, but that's a pain.

A friend of mine in Korea, Kevin (aka, Big Hominid), e-mailed me yesterday and told me that he couldn't see some pics on my site because he had to view it through a proxy as well. When I told him about my move to mu.nu this is what he wrote:

Damn, then you're banned here, along with the rest of your unruly tribe [ie, munivians]. You just can't win against the g*dd*mn Korean government.
Apparently, any one with an mu.nu extension is also banned.

Are there any munivians in Korea that can confirm this?

Posted by Rusty at July 27, 2004 07:36 PM

Crikey, that sucks. What's wrong with that government?! Can you imagine the U.S. govt banning all domains that have any site linking to the Nick Berg beheading in order to "spare the famnily"?!! If the family doesn't want to watch then they wont watch it!!!! This is out-frickin'-rageous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, I'm calm again. Mainly 'cause I don't know anyone in South Korea. But still....


Posted by Tuning Spork at July 28, 2004 02:17 AM

I'm not in Korea but I can vouch that it's true. I've been on this for a while. There's no likely end in sight either...they've gotta use proxy servers like unipeak to get around it.

There's a piece in Newsweek about it; otherwise look at my Asia by Blog pieces (just search on my site) and you'll find plenty about it all. Help get the word out!

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