Judges are accused of spies to dig up corruption… North Korean journalist’s ‘tragedy’

The Rodong Sinmun building in Pyongyang, North Korea, photographed in 2018. /Photo = Daily NK

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced on the 8th (local time) that Filipino journalist Maria Resa and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov have been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the first time in 86 years since 1935 by a journalist in praise of the brave fight between the two men who defended freedom of expression against the authoritarian regime.

Berith Rice Andersen, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said: “Free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect (us) from abuses of power, lies and propaganda of war. I respect the two of them for their efforts to protect them.”

Can such courageous journalists come out in North Korea, which is dominated by an authoritarian dictatorship?

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North Korean Workers’ Party, which was founded on November 1, 1945 and celebrated its 76th anniversary this year, is an organization directly under the Party’s Propaganda and Agitation Department in charge of propaganda of the regime. On January 1, 2012, right after taking power, Kim Jong-un visited the Rodong Sinmun in person, praising his workers as “precious treasures of our party,” and ordered the strengthening of the party’s strength.

After that, the propaganda and agitation department of the Central Party conducted a comprehensive personal ideological review by cultivating the attitudes that workers, journalists, and writers should have at each central and local media company. This was the so-called ‘melting furnace test’ to determine whether or not he was qualified to stand at the forefront as a trumpeter of propaganda for the regime in the new Kim Jong-un era.

In 2013, reporter Moon Mo (male, in his 50s), who was working as a reporter for the Rodong Sinmun, failed the test and was relegated to the Democratic Chosun and Pyongannamdo Ilbo, and in the end was treated as a subject of management by the State Security Agency.

It is difficult to become a reporter in North Korea, but even if it is difficult to become a reporter, you must write articles based solely on the Party’s ideology and policies. It is the fate that North Korean journalists must accept that they cannot and should not write the articles they want.

Reporter Moon, who was usually straight-forward and straightforward, was evaluated as a ‘spiky person’ in a party ideology review conducted in mid-2012, and was demoted to a Democratic Chosun company. However, I could not stand the territoriality there and went down to the local Pyeongannamdo Ilbo again.

There was only one reason why reporter Moon was evaluated as a pointy person. It was because he lived with the words, “Even if I write what I want to write based on the party’s policy, it will go through 12 censorship procedures and eventually my good material will not be published.”

For example, reporter Moon reported and posted several articles on pardon recipients at kyohwaso nationwide regarding the 100th anniversary of the Sun’s Day in 2012, but none of them were published in the newspaper as they were all rejected by the editorial department. The editorial department explained that the voices of residents with criminal histories could not be included in the party bulletin.

Reporter Moon did not give in to this and sent a few articles about the feelings of those released from the correctional center, who were thrilled to receive the ambassadorial order, to an acquaintance in the local daily newspaper, but as they were not published, the articles that can be included in the party newspaper are limited and the reporter’s role is limited. It revealed bitterness and frustration at the fact that there is a limit.

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North Korean Workers’ Party, reported on the 12th that workers were accelerating production after hearing the report of the 8th Party Congress. In the photo, residents are reading the Rodong Sinmun, which contains reports of the party congress in Jung-gu district. /Photo = Rodong Sinmun News 1

The decisive factor that led to reporter Moon, who was evaluated as a sharp person with such a rebellious temperament, was suddenly extracted as a dangerous molecule and sent to the Kwanliso (political prison camp) under the Ministry of National Security. This is because we have collected various data.

The subjects he mainly covered were those released from detention, and the contents of the coverage were the attitudes, remarks, and style issues of the judges. Reporter Moon was intensively digging into the problem of the attitudes of judges, which drove them away from the party and the public, as a serious phenomenon.

He thought that if the newspaper to which he belonged did not produce a serialization, the problem should be resolved even by reporting this behavior through a centrally responsible executive whom he knew while working at the Rodong Sinmun.

But something was overlooked. The fact that he was analyzing the attitudes of the judges by visiting people who complained that he had been harmed by the judges and organizing them as data reached the judges’ ears through the local human connection. Reporter Moon, who acted very offensively from the point of view of the judges, was eventually turned into a spy.

In fact, the National Security Agency arrested Moon, claiming that he was writing, collecting these materials and trying to sell the collected information to South Korean puppets. In fact, the National Security Agency informed the Party Committee of the South Pyongan Province Daily News that the reason for the arrest was “a crime of committing an impure act of infiltrating the ranks of journalists who convey the party’s voice and accumulating data to attempt espionage.”

In particular, North Korea later included reporter Moon’s case in the entire ideology class material for journalists, saying, “The stragglers from some eras who lacked revolutionary discipline and neglected to train the party’s strength fell into the abyss of extortion because they failed to intervene in the ranks of journalists and misled Party policy. “I lost,” and branded him as a spy.

The words of reporter Moon, who was imprisoned in a political prison camp for trying to reveal social absurdity by demonstrating his journalistic spirit, clearly show the current state of the North Korean media. Even now, North Korea can cover the eyes and ears of its citizens and demand unlimited loyalty from the media to the Party and the leader under the guise of ‘newspaper revolution’, ‘reporting revolution’, ‘broadcasting revolution’, and ‘publishing revolution’ and blaming journalists. are thoroughly prepared with

In July, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) included Kim Jong-un among 37 “predators of press freedom around the world” and pointed out that “the press controls the media to deliver only content that praises the party, the military, and him.” This is the reason why North Korea has always been at the bottom of the World Press Freedom Index published by the RSF every year.


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