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November 21, 2019
A Survey on the North Korean Media Environment and North Korean Exposure to Foreign Media

UMG releases 200-person survey on North Korea’s shifting media landscape

Since gaining power in 2012, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has strengthened the country's crackdowns on “foreign information.” Recently, however, the Unification Media...

Foreign computer games popular among North Korean youth

Popular computer games are gaining traction among North Korean youth, a recent defector to South Korea has reported. Jung Hyun Min (14, alias) defected...

Kim Jong Un’s demands for economic growth can only be answered by political reforms

In normal circumstances, economic growth is achieved by investing in labor-focused skills and physical infrastructure, the introduction of a marketized economic system, and protection...
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North Korea’s claim that Thae Yong Ho was fired from spy agency think tank...

Editor’s Note: Thae Yong Ho was serving as North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom when he chose to defect with his family...

Hackers use Korea’s divided family reunion plans to mount ‘spear-phishing’ attack

As the two Koreas move forward with preparations to hold family reunions in August, there has been a spate of email phishing attacks on...

Kim Jong Un continues to ignore rule of law in public execution of military...

Article 6, Clause 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which North Korea signed in 1981, states that “very human...

Defector with Lou Gehrig’s Disease finds tranquility in South Korea

“I have shooting pain in my neck, arms, and legs - as if I’m being electrocuted. The pain can become excruciating. My fingers are...

Pyongsong residence permits sell for 1,500 USD in North Korea

    One of the most significant barriers that separates the urban and rural areas in North Korea is the resident registration system. Every household in...

Corruption blamed for poor quality of snacks distributed to children for leader’s birthday

Various snacks manufactured by factories in Pyongyang, which are generally considered to be of better quality than the items distributed to children on the...

North Korea’s winter military parade full of cold, beatings, and exhaustion

A female military brass band performs for the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean Workers' Party on October 10, 2015. Image: Yonhap...

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