When the name of the supreme leader is used in various North Korean media, modifiers such as official titles or comrades are followed. In North Korea, where the so-called ‘supreme dignity’ is sacred, it is disrespectful to call only names.
However, there is a headline in the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Labor Party, which is thoroughly managed by the authorities, which draws attention. According to sources, the supreme leader’s work, which is classified as a historical record of the Labor Party, is titled in this way.
In a phone call with Daily NK on the 25th, a North Korean insider said, “(The headline article) means that the individual supreme leader (leader) owns the copyright. ” he said.
The source said, “The intention is to leave the leader’s knowledge of revolution and construction, leadership art, and methods of guidance, etc., to remain only with the leader’s abilities and qualities. This is in accordance with the document management principle established in 1973.”
In other words, the remarks and speeches of the supreme leader in North Korea are ‘important regular conventions commemorating the leader’s history and revolutionary achievements that will remain in the history of the Workers’ Party of Korea, opening remarks and conclusions are noblely managed as the supreme leader’s programmatic literature’ It means ‘personalized by the leader’s work’ and recorded as history.
The source said, “Written as the supreme leader of the Workers’ Party (Labor Party), making clear guiding guidelines and conclusions, and leading the party and revolution with extensive knowledge on all kinds of social and practical issues, such as the development and advancement of the history (history) of the Workers’ Party (Labor Party), and overcoming difficulties. “This is a document per issue,” he said.
According to sources, the documents per issue 1 are broadly classified into three categories.
First, the full texts presented by the supreme leader as a policy and route specially systematized by the supreme leader at historically important milestones such as party, government, and military events or at regular conferences are compiled, published, and stored as the supreme leader’s personal work, literature, and excerpts.
This includes New Year’s remarks, opening remarks and closing remarks at the Workers’ Party of Korea Congress, and remarks on corrections made by the Supreme People’s Assembly.
Second, when congratulatory messages to the participants of major competitions and in a conversation with key officials in various fields such as the party, government, and military, the programmatic guidelines to be carried out in the field, and essential problems are revealed, they are elevated, recorded, and kept as a first-class document. .
These include letters sent by Chairman Kim Jong-un to the 7th Congress of the Korean Socialist Women’s League held this year, the 8th Congress of the Korean Federation of Professions, the 10th Congress of the Socialist Patriotic Youth League, and the 6th Congress of Cell Secretaries.
In this regard, an article related to Chairman Kim’s speech at the 6th Veterans’ Congress held last year had the headline ‘Comrade Kim Jong-un’. It seems that the articles related to the speeches at the veterans’ convention did not become a first-class literature. It is the process of classifying documents in consideration of group, time, and content.
Lastly, local speeches, criticisms, and general instructions are classified into two categories, and are stored and managed as private data by the party committee of the relevant institution or the Propaganda and Propaganda Department located there, without going up to the Workers’ Party of Korea History Research Institute.
Meanwhile, as a result of analyzing the headlines of the Rodong Sinmun for the past three years based on the above criteria, a total of 8 cases in 2021, 0 cases in 2020, and 2 cases in 2019 were designated as ‘Part 1 Party Document, Category 1’. With less than the first half of this year, a lot of content this year has been designated as ‘No. 1 Party Document, Class 1’.
It means that the events held this year had a very important meaning for North Korea and the Labor Party, and that a lot of important messages were also issued. This is also a testament to the fact that North Korea is trying hard to prevent the public sentiment due to economic hardship caused by sanctions against North Korea and the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) and to strengthen the unity of the regime.
Another notable point is that Chairman Kim’s name is above the group name in articles related to organizations outside the Workers’ Party of Korea, and below it in articles related to the party and the country.
It is interpreted as an intention to emphasize respect for the Labor Party and the state, and to make it clear that he has an upper hand over outside groups.
On the other hand, the source explained that such document management is handled and controlled by the Publication Distribution Room of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the Korean Workers’ Party History Research Institute.
Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.
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