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Ruling party seeks to punish false info on May 18 Uprising more severely

5·18 왜곡·날조하면 엄벌…민주당 개정안에 '7년 이하 징역담아

Ruling party seeks to punish false info on May 18 Uprising more severely

 

The Democratic Party of Korea is in the process of amending the May 18th Democratization Movement related law. There will be severe punishment for spreading false information within the amendment. Our Jongmin Kim reports.

The ruling Democratic Party of Korea seeks to adopt as one of the planks of its platform the enactment of a bill to strongly punish any act of spreading false information regarding the May 18, 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising.

If it becomes part of the platform, the party will propose the bill in the names of all of its 177 lawmakers.

The bill reportedly punishes dissemination of false information on the movement with a maximum prison term of seven years or a maximum fine of 70 million won

Simultaneously, the party will seek to adopt as another plank the revision of a special law to greatly strengthen the powers of a fact-finding committee on the Democratic Uprising.

The motion of the punishment bill related to the May 18 movement was triggered early last year by unfounded arguments that North Korean soldiers had intervened in the popular uprising. Remarks to that effect, made by some opposition lawmakers and their supporters, caused unnecessary social conflict.

However, the spread of false information or the defamation of victims of historical events can be punished with a jail term of up to five years under the current criminal law. And spreading misinformation can not only be punished by a statute, but also countered through the process of public discourse.

Nevertheless, the party called for more legislative efforts to pass key remaining bills during the current regular session that will end on Dec. 10

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