South Korea debates scrapping Cold War-era ban on North’s propaganda

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By Hyonhee ShinSEOUL (Reuters) – Debate is brewing in South Korea over efforts to scrap a decades-old ban on North Korean media, as changing attitudes fuel renewed calls to review a national security law dating from the Cold War. South Korea’s National Security Act blocks access to the North’s government websites and media, barring efforts at “praising, inciting or propagating” its activities. In a statement to the court before the hearing, the national rights watchdog had called the clauses vague, disproportionate and damaging to fundamental rights. North Korean films, songs and other content are already widely available on YouTube and elsewhere, they added. “The North will likely produce television shows and publications specifically designed to sow more division in the South,” said defector Kim Tae-san, a former North Korean ambassador to the Czech Republic.
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