Stars and Stripes, 4/4/07 - Internet pornography soon may be harder to find for
people living in South Korea.
The Korean Ministry of Information and Communication has decided to block about 180 foreign pornography sites by the end of May, South Korean officials confirmed.
Targeted sites, ministry officials said, include those from which pornographic material is downloaded and then re-posted to popular South Korean portal sites such as Naver and Daum.
The decision to block the sites came after a one-minute video featuring sexual content was posted recently on Yahoo Koreaís Yammy site. It circulated for about six hours before being removed.
In addition to blocking sites, the ministry plans to construct Internet hot lines to help prevent the spread of sexually explicit material, toughen punishment for those posting pornographic material and for Internet operators who negligently allow the material to be posted, and to educate teenagers about the ethical use of the Internet.
According to a Korea Times article, about 25,000 users saw the pornographic video on Yammy.
Servicemembers stationed in South Korea said they donít believe the new measures will affect them much.
Most polled expressed indifference to the measure, citing a lack of interest in pornography.
"I donít go for porn on the Internet so it doesnít affect me," said Capt. Matt Curlee, 121st Combat Support Hospital. "Some people may not like [the ban], but itís not a life-or-death situation."
Others say they have alternatives for meeting their needs.
"I have enough stored that it really doesnít matter," said a Yongsan Garrison-based airman who asked not to be named.
Some however, worried about the long-term effects on the morale of those stationed away from their families.
"Iím not a big advocate of porn, but youíve got to have some sort of outlet," said Tech. Sgt. Eddie Ferguson, 303rd Intelligence Squadron. "Either you have it yourself, or you go downtown looking for it."
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