[FoME] Publikation "Quiet Opening: North Koreans in A Changing Media Environment"

Christoph Dietz Christoph.Dietz at CAMECO.ORG
Mo Jun 18 10:43:41 CEST 2012

Nat Kretchun, Jane Kim:
A _quiet opening: North Koreans in a changing media environment
Washington DC: Intermedia, 2012, 88 p.


For more than half a century, North Korea’s leaders have relied on a
domestic media monopoly to control what information North Koreans can
access and how narratives around that information are presented. But the
situation on the ground is changing, thanks in large part to North
Koreans’ expanding access to unsanctioned foreign media and
information sources. InterMedia’s A Quiet Opening: North Koreans in a
Changing Media Environment documents this evolution based on research
among recent North Korean defectors, refugees and travelers abroad. The
project’s assessment of the current state of the media environ-ment in
North Korea suggests that substantial numbers of North Koreans are able
to access various forms of foreign media. These include foreign TV and
radio broadcasts, and particularly foreign DVDs brought into the country
from China by cross-border traders and smugglers. Other vectors for
information from abroad include smuggled mobile phones capable of
receiving foreign signals, and the exchange of illicit foreign content
on otherwise legal MP3/MP4 players and USB drives. (source: website

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