The real story here isn’t so much the arrest of a blogger, it is sustained campaign against free speech conducted by the Korean government against both journalists and the people.
So, what are they going to charge this guy with, predictions?! Next thing you know they are going to be searching for this elusive Nostradamus character. You know he’s been at the center of predictions for a long time, maybe it’s time he was arrested too.
As far as I know, this guy wasn’t spreading false rumors. He was doing economic analyzes and reporting on his findings. So, if the government doesn’t like my research will I be arrested? You know language testing is a very contentious issue in Korea, I might upset the wrong people with my findings (if I ever have any).
These moves by the government concern me more than a slumping economy, corruption, or even ineptness in public policy. This further signals a war on the truth, as long as they don’t like the truth. This has been going on for a long time, but the brashness of the government in going after those who have broken no laws is simply out of control.