Our party’s timely, accurate decision to purge the anti-party, anti-revolutionary elements helped greatly cement solidarity within our party.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on the execution of his uncle, Chang Song-thaek, during a new year’s address broadcast on state television, via The BBC. Korean leader Kim Jong-un hails execution of uncle.
FJP: We’re sure it did.
First I need to completely guard the place where I’m watching the show. I have to block the windows with curtains and closely guard the entrance door. Then I lock the door and listen with an earphone on a low volume so that no one outside can hear what I’m watching. Because there are frequent inspections, I make sure I can move the moment the inspectors come. The whole scene of me watching drama is worthy of a real drama show.
FJP: Actually it’s not a Freedom House report; it’s by Intermedia’s AudienceScapes project and you can read about it here. It’s a fascinating report complete with anecdotes on how North Koreans consume foreign media—where they get it, how they watch or listen to it, how they share it. And as the report explains, though changes in North Korea’s information environment remain quite small by international standards, they are illustrative of the potential of long-term change.
Although the regime can and will likely continue to crack down on the influx of outside information, it seems true retrenchment is not possible. South Korean entertainment media will continue to enter through traders moving back and forth across the border, and the U.S. government and others will have the opportunity to provide important information about the outside world not supplied by the market.
Bonus: We’ve tumbled some things about North Korea before.
Pyongyang, November 29 (KCNA) — Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom (B.C. 277-A.D. 668).
The lair is located 200 meters from the Yongmyong Temple in Moran Hill in Pyongyang City. A rectangular rock carved with words “Unicorn Lair” stands in front of the lair. The carved words are believed to date back to the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392).
North Korean News Agency, Lair of King Tongmyong’s Unicorn Reconfirmed in DPRK.
H/T: Atlantic Wire