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Asia Pacific Why a presidential scandal is boosting free speech in South Korea

The level of protest and criticism of President Park is a major shift for a country that the UN Human Rights Committee warned last year was using criminal defamation laws to prosecute critics.

Lee Sang-hak/Yonhap/AP

Ko Jae-hyung, a 26-year-old Web cartoonist, has joined a new wave of young political activists in South Korea. He attends every rally protesting embattled President Park Geun-hye’s tenure, and hands out stickers of cartoons that call for her to step down.

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