Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Clerics back end to online racism
Upsurge in abuse follows national outcry over alleged rape, murder
- Stephen Hong, Seoul
- April 19, 2012
The messages come in the wake of a gruesome murder allegedly committed by a migrant worker and after a Philippine-born Korean woman was elected to the National Assembly in recent polls.
The Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) announced on April 17 it will tighten its online monitoring to prevent a slew of online attacks against migrant workers from spreading further.
On April 1, a Korean-Chinese worker, surnamed Wu, allegedly raped and killed a young woman in the city of Suwon. Police reportedly arrested him in his bathroom while he was dismembering the victim's body.
The case caused a national outcry and led to the resignation of the countryâ€™s police chief.
Jesuit Father Thomas Lee Jong-jin said he recognized the need for the watchdog to regulate such comments in light of recent events.
"Comments that incite racism or xenophobia have to be regulated," the professor at the Jesuit-run Sogang University in Seoul said today.
But the commission should establish "concrete and clear standards" for it as "it could lead to the suppression of freedom of expression," he warned.
Reverend Kim Chang-hyun, executive secretary of the National Christian Council of Korea also gave his backing, calling the online abuse an unreasonable and hysterical reaction.
â€œYou canâ€™t argue to deport all migrant foreigners in the country just because a few have done wrong," he said.
Nam Hye-young, executive manager of the KCSC, said today that the commission has been forced to act.
"Since the murder case, there have been a growing number of extreme and xenophobic comments posted on the internet."
More recently, she added "there have also been many racist comments directed at Jasmine Lee."
Lee, a Filipino-Korean, was elected to the national assembly in recent polls becoming the countryâ€™s first non-native born lawmaker.
Nam said the watchdog said it has already deleted six offensive posts since early this year, including one which took a swipe at Korean-Chinese people for their apparent smell.
Those found to have violated the commissionâ€™s regulations will be prohibited from logging on or their posts will be deleted, Nam added.