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Seoul blocks North Korea’s Twitter account

By Andy Rice 19 August 2010

In an ironic reversal of roles, South Korean authorities are scrambling to block access to North Korea's recently launched Twitter stream, Uriminzok. Under Seoul's anti-Communistic National Security Law, it is illegal for South Korean citizens to make unauthorised contact with North Koreans, and offenders get jail time. North Koreans know a thing or two about bypassing online censorship measures; having spent years ring-fencing their own citizens' access to the internet, they have put up programmes on Pyongyang's official website, Uriminzokkiri, which allow South Korean users to break Seoul's block of the propaganda website. Read more: AFP.

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