April 21, 2024
Analysis

Who reads North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper?

Subscriptions generally available to certain ranking party officials, but everyone can read it at stations, lecture time

Most people outside North Korea who’ve tried to read the Rodong Sinmun have probably had the same thought: This is so boring.

Pages and pages are devoted to the veneration of the leader and documenting his activities, followed by criticism of his rivals in South Korea, the U.S. and Japan, along with praise the leader/party/North Korean people have received from a foreign delegation, with some of the scientific achievements of the North thrown in. Not exactly scintillating stuff.

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