September 30, 2020

Inside the North Korea Rumor Mill

How the two Koreas are attempting to influence the North Korea media environment

Last August, Kim Jong Un’s ex-girlfriend, singer Hyon Song Wol, was arrested for violating North Korea’s pornography laws. Three days later, Hyon and 11 other performers rounded up with her, were machine-gunned to death in front of their families. Or, maybe they weren’t.

In December, Kim Jong Un had his uncle Jang Song Thaek handcuffed and marched out of a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea. He and five aides were later stripped naked and eaten alive by 120 dogs that had been starved for three days. Or not.