SOUTH KOREA: More Dissent, More Repression

According to Emergency Decree No. 9, criticizing the South Korean government is an offense punishable by not less than a year in prison. The decree, promulgated last May, was designed by President Park Chung Hee to stifle opposition, principally from intellectuals and Christian clergymen, to his authoritarian rule. But dissent continues in South Korea, and so, in the spirit of Decree No. 9, does repression.

Within the past two weeks, the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA) has arrested more than 30 of the country's leading dissidents. The most prominent prisoner is Kim Dae Jung, 50, the opposition leader who...

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