April 01, 2023

Do North Koreans still believe the Pyongyang Propaganda? Defector perspectives

Between 20-50% of North Koreans still believe official propaganda, defectors say

Learning from Josef Stalin, North Korean founding leader Kim Il Sung knew early on that it was essential for Pyongyang to take complete control of the emerging post-war North Korea information environment.

Radios and TV were built or adapted to only receive official state-run stations, and it wasn't long before print publications were leading forces behind an emerging Kim Il Sung idolization campaign.And at the same time the possession of foreign, especially Korean, newspapers and magazines would become a serious crime.