Journalist to appeal after Seoul blocks site on North Korea

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Western journalist who documents developments of North Korea's technology issues says he will appeal a decision by South Korean authorities to block his website for violating a national security law.

Martyn Williams, a British journalist who runs the northkoreatech.org website, said Tuesday he believed it did not violate the law, which bans praising or promoting North Korea.

He said the site did not seek to glorify or support North Korea. Many of its readers are researchers and journalists.

Users accessing the website from South Korea were redirected to a warning page saying it was blocked due to "illegal or harmful information."

Korea Communications Standards Commission said it violated the security law. The censorship body blocks websites deemed illegal or harmful, such as pornography, gambling or North Korea's official outlets.