January 24, 2020

Lies and confessions: how some get through North Korea’s self-criticism sessions
Two North Koreans explain their experiences in North Korea's infamous "self-criticism" sessions
During Merrill Newman’s five-week detention in North Korea last year, he appeared on video, confessing to committing “indelible crimes against DPRK government and Korean people” 60 years before. Newman, an 85 year-old Korean War veteran from California, was released 42 days later. North Korea’s official news agency KCNA said it was thanks to his ‘admittance of the act’ and ‘sincere