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South Korean victims of bullying take to social media to shame abusers

In South Korea, a new kind of #MeToo movement is taking hold on social media; that of people who suffered abuse at school. A growing number of victims have been publicly naming and shaming their former bullies. Inspired in part by a popular Netflix series, it has ensnared everyone from K-pop stars to baseball players.

Meanwhile, Ben Roberts-Smith, a highly decorated military veteran, has lost his defamation lawsuit against two national newspapers that accused him of being a war criminal. A judge in Sydney rejected his claim, saying the majority of the accusations published by the journals, including murdering unarmed prisoners, were substantially true. It is unclear whether the outcome of the civil trial will lead to a criminal prosecution.

Finally, in China, stand-up comedy has become the latest cultural sector to be swept up in a wave of government censorship. Last month, a popular comedian was placed under investigation and was slapped with a fine of nearly €2 million over a joke he made on stage. At a show in Beijing, Li Haoshi who performs under the stage name House, appeared to poke fun at the People's Liberation Army. In recent weeks, a slew of cultural events have also been cancelled in China, sometimes with no reason given, as the Chinese government ramps up its rhetoric about national security and purported malign foreign influence.


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