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Saturday, June 04, 2005

South Korea Expels Journalist

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(Hat Tip: North Korea Zone, Cross posted on Blogger News)

Dr. Norbert Vollertsen, the man who told the world about the horrors inside North Korea, reports that he has been expelled from South Korea. Vollertsen, who admits allowing his South Korean visa to expire, had been in South Korea on a series of tourist visas...Vollertsen reports that South Korean officials have told him that he would not be granted further tourist visas because of his political activities.

It seems that South Korea is quickly becoming more hostile towards journalists who disagree with their "Sun-shine approach" as this is not the first time South Korea has displayed hostility towards reporters (whether foreign or domestic). Dr. Vollertsen fears of being expelled from South Korea seemed to have materialized as he has dedicated his life towards helping out the North Korean people by bringing international awareness towards their suffering.

"I realised there are two different worlds in North Korea," he told the programme. "One is for the elite - who enjoy a fashionable lifestyle, casinos, nightclubs, nice hotels."

"The other is for ordinary people in the countryside. They are starving. And I saw the conditions in the hospitals. There is no medicine, no food, no heating system, no running water, no soap, no blankets, nothing."

After witnessing the true realities of "the hermit kingdom," Dr. Vollertsen decided to keep a collection of evidence of what was really going on throughout North Korea and handed that to a U.S. Congressman. For that he was expelled from the country.

Vollertsen later on roamed the internet cafe's and tea rooms of South Korea, doing what he could to "shed light" on the situation developing in the north. He was even beaten by South Korea Officers as he was attempting to release balloons carrying small transistor radios across the border.

Although Vollertsen can no longer reside in South Korea, he will still continue what he is doing except he will be operating from Japan instead of the Korean peninsula. Vollertsen has contributed much towards the awareness of what is happening inside of North Korea, and has given a voice to the thousands who are suffering underneath a brutal dictatorship.

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