Posting Bail in Korea is a Bitch


Thank you for all the kind words and well wishes after my ordeal in Korea:

South Korea said on Thursday it had arrested an elusive blogger accused of undermining the country’s financial markets with his doom-mongering, ending a case that has illustrated government unease with the growing influence of online ­gossip in the world’s most-wired economy.

The case comes amid government efforts to combat negative comments on South Korea’s ailing economy in the media and from private sector economists. The export-dependent economy has been among the hardest hit in Asia by the global financial crisis.

The arrest and possible imprisonment of a web commentator will raise profound questions about freedom of speech in Korea, where bills that would crack down on civil rights are stirring tensions between lawmakers.

I’ll never tell how I got to Korea so quickly from my late afternoon appearance Wednesday in Manhattan, but . . .

Heh heh — thanks Paul . . .


Financial blogger arrested in South Korea
Christian Oliver in Seoul
January 8 2009 17:54

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