Korea Communications Standards Commission

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Korea Communications Standards Commission
Bangsong Tongsin Simui Wiwonhoe
Commission overview
Formed February 2008; 9 years ago (2008-02)
Preceding commission
Jurisdiction South Korea
Headquarters Yangcheon District, Seoul
Commission executive
  • Park Hyo-chong, Chairman
Website www.kocsc.or.kr

The Korea Communications Standards Commission (Hangul방송통신심의위원회; Hanja放送通信審議委員會; RRBangsongtongsinsimui Wiwonhoe) is South Korea's Internet censorship body.[1]

The KCSC replaced an earlier body, the Information and Communication Ethics Committee.[1]

On September 2011, the KCSC has decided to open up its three discussion committees to the public.[2]

The KCSC has required Korean citizens to enter government issued ID numbers in order to post political comments online.[3]


  • It is alleged that the KCSC has been heavily biased in favor towards the Lee Myung-bak government. On August 3, 2008, KCSC requested the internet portal, Daum, to delete posts and commentaries that express against Lee Myung-bak during the heyday of the anti-beef imports.[4]
  • Some lay members of the National Assembly protested against KCSC's censorship-like decision to monitor contents in social network services and mobile apps.[5]
  • Moon Yong-sik (문용식) CEO of the South Korean internet contents company, Nowcom, has expressed concerns about the KCSC becoming the tool to monitor and to censor online contents that express anti-government and anti-big business messages.[6]
  • The KCSC had considered penalizing SBS and MBC for showing Twitter messages that are critical against President Lee and his government.[7]


The KCSC planned to set up a regulatory office dedicated to supervise the posts on SNS outlets.[8] However, the Constitutional Court of Korea has ruled against KCSC's decision to regulate voting-related posts on SNS outlets.[9]


  • Fans of South Korea's popular variety show, Infinite Challenge criticized the KCSC for pointing out negative remarks towards the show.[10]

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  1. ^ a b Jillian York and Rainey Reitman (September 6, 2011). "In South Korea, the Only Thing Worse Than Online Censorship is Secret Online Censorship". Electronic Frontier Foundation. 
  2. ^ Kim (김), Byeong-gyu (병규) (2011-09-12). 방통심의위, 소위원회 회의 공개키로. Yonhap News (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-09-26. 
  3. ^ "Why South Korea is really an internet dinosaur". www.economist.com. The Economist. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Kim (김), Jeong-seop (정섭) (2008-05-08). "李대통령 비판글 지워달라"…방통위, 포털에 댓글삭제 요구. Kyunghyang Sinmun (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  5. ^ Sohn (손), Bong-seok (봉석) (2011-10-20). "방송통신위 SNS 심의 추진에 여야 모두 비판". The Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  6. ^ Cha (차), Hyeong-seok (형석) (2011-06-10). 인터넷 방송 모니터링은 여론 길들이기. SisaInLive (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-11-27. 
  7. ^ Chae (채), Ji-eun (지은) (2011-07-07). 방통심의委, 권력 눈치보기 언제까지…. Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  8. ^ Kim, Rahn (2011-12-01). "SNS faces tighter scrutiny". Korea Times. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  9. ^ Choi, He-suk (2011-12-29). "Court rules against ban on SNS in elections". Korean Herald. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  10. ^ Im (임), Ji-yeong (지영) (2011-11-18). 징계 또 징계, <무한도전> 잔혹사. SisInLive (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-11-20. 

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