South Korean authorities blocked residents from accessing North Korean websites, Yonhap News Agency reported Thursday.
Authorities said they blocked sites with the domain name “.kp” because they contained “illegal information” under South Korea’s anti-communism and security laws.
The web censorship by the South’s state-run Communications Standards Commission came a day after it emerged that the North began reusing the domain name to expand its propaganda sites.
There were at least three propaganda websites on the web using the “.kp” domain name, Yonhap said.
Kim Yong-hyun, a North Korea professor at Seoul’s Dongguk University, said, “North Korea seems to be trying to increase public access to its sites as part of its recent online propaganda campaign.”
North Korea opened Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts in recent months.
But it has since removed the Facebook page, and the Twitter and YouTube accounts were hacked over the weekend.
Gee, I thought censorship was something only commies were supposed to do, and that capitalists loved free speech. So much for THAT idea!