People in Seoul, South Korea. Editorial credit: CJ Nattanai /

South Korea

South Koreans benefit from regular rotations of power and robust political pluralism. Civil liberties are generally respected, though the country struggles with minority rights and social integration. Legal bans on pro–North Korean activity affect legitimate political expression, and journalists can face pressure from the government over their coverage of or commentary on inter-Korean relations. Corruption and misogyny are persistent problems, with scandals implicating successive governments and company executives in recent years.

Freedom on the Net 2023

Freedom on the Net — South Korea Country Report

South Korea is rated Partly Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.

Iranian people in Izmir protest the death of Mahsa Amini by the morality police in Iran.

Freedom in the World — South Korea Country Report

South Korea is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.