Recently, the expansion of internet and online social media platforms have been triggered in circulation of “Fake News” all around the world. Social networks are popular platform for fake news and in result they are fertile ground for the spread of fake news in worldwide. Fake news are also causing serious threat to human rights activism and civil society organization. Presently, the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising is also facing this global threat of fake news and attempts of distortion the history of the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising by debauched elements in Korea.
The Uprising of 1980 also referred to as the “May 18 Gwangju Democratization Movement” that is considered as foundation of democratization and milestone in Korean modern democracy. The struggles of the Gwangju Democratic Uprising encouraged the pro-democratic forces to encompass their fight nationwide and spread the true democratic regime in Korea. In June 1987, students Uprising in Seoul finally defeated the dictatorship and restored true democracy in Korea.
However, the work regarding transitional justice and reconciliation after the Gwangju Uprising started thirty-nine years ago and still continues in Korea. The truth that regarding the uprising has is very crystal that it was people’s pro-democracy movements that led by the students and people of Gwangju in 1980.
In contrast, few individuals are still supporting the immoral notion of pro-junta regime in 1980. These individuals are still constantly striving to distort the history of the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising through their online propaganda and spreading fake news against the history of the Uprising.
Before discussing other issues, it is essential to understand the true definition of fake news. According to various academicians that a “Fake news” is information that has been deliberately fabricated and disseminated to deceive and mislead others into believing falsehoods or doubting verifiable facts. Presently, few rogue individuals from conservatives side are continually attempting to distort the history of the May 18 Gwangju Uprising and deceitfully calling it “Monstrous Group” without any legality or prove. Therefore, the May 18 Memorial Foundation challenges such delusion and committed to countering this very bogus narrative through multiple ways for example legally and socially to prevent distortion the history of the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising.
From 2013 there is various “Fake News Youtube channel”, and online materials are deliberately circulating with conspiracy theories and disinformation against the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising. The purpose of such false news are to systematically distorts the honour and prestige of the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising and sacrifices of their martyrs.
In response of such disinformation, the Foundation took very significant efforts and continuously engaging with various stakeholder, for example with legal teams, Gwangju Metropolitan Government and civil society organization nationally to end fake news against the Uprising. Secondly, the Foundation has been launched a particular “5.18 YouTube channel” in the Korean language to share valid and transparent information regarding the May 18 Uprising to the common people of the Korea and counter bogus attempts regarding distortion the history of the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising. Currently, the Foundation has been uploaded related videos on its “5.18” YouTube channel in the Korean language to disseminate the facts and to counter the fake news against the reality. Now you can watch valid information on our 5.18 Youtube channel. In last kindly, we request you that please visit and subscribe our Youtube channel to obtain correct information. Please, browse this information through this link ‘https://bit.ly/327aMc4 ‘.