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South Korean authorities to consider draft law on insults and bullying on the net after the death of K-pop singer Solly

The singer was harassed on the Internet, the police check the version of her suicide.

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South Korean authorities will consider a bill to combat network harassment after the death of singer Solly. As noted by the Korean edition of World Today, the document will begin to be discussed in December.

The bill was proposed by nine members of the National Assembly. It is supported by about 100 organizations, including the Federation of Korean Trade Unions and the Union of Workers of the Government of Korea. Almost 200 Korean celebrities who have been harassed on the Internet have also spoken in favor of passing the law.

Solly (real name Choi Jin Ri) was found dead on October 14 in her apartment near Seoul. The police are checking the likelihood that the girl committed suicide, reports the BBC. Solly suffered from depression, and shortly before her death, she publicly spoke out against online bullying.

After Solly’s death, her fans created a petition banning anonymous online comments. A number of related bills have been considered in parliament for years, Reuters notes . The South Korean Entertainment Management Companies Association has promised to file harsher lawsuits for insulting the Internet.

According to the Korean police, the number of baiting cases on the net almost doubled from 2014 to 2018.

Solly was a member of f (x) until 2015, but then focused on her acting career. In South Korea, Solly was known for her unconventional K-Pop behavior – usually their producers carefully monitor their image. She advocated greater freedom, including in the choice of clothes, for which she was often subjected to harsh criticism in social networks.

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