The suicide of a popular actress is prompting South Korean officials to get tough with “cyber-terrorists,” the Los Angeles Times reports. Choi Jin-sil hanged herself this month after Internet rumors blamed her for the death of a fellow actor. “People who inflict cyber-terrorism must pay the appropriate price,” said one lawmaker, as colleagues press for stiffer punishments.
“Our Internet culture is more violent and vicious than most other countries'," a professor told Newsweek. “People don't respect each other." But one advocate fears legislation will prevent people from criticizing the government, while others say South Korea’s low happiness rating is the real issue: "The new policy is like wielding a rod to stop people from speaking out their discontent."