Could an online public revolt clean up South Korea's rotten politics? Activist group People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy has declared war on corrupt politicians, vowing to prevent them from winning National Assembly seats in parliamentary elections on Apr. 15. The group plans to post the names of scores of politicians with records of corruption on an Internet site, asking political parties not to nominate them. Already, some two dozen incumbent members of Parliament have announced that they will not seek reelection. In recent months, a state prosecutors' investigation into political slush funds has resulted in the arrest of 16 politicians, including associates of President Roh Moo Hyun.
Edited by Rose Brady