September 28, 2020

DPRK lies and videotape: North Korea’s “investigative” journalism

Cloaked in the language of objectivity, state media hits back at international condemnation

Photography and film have long been associated with holding a mirror to oppression and injustice. Think of Claude Lanzmann’s heartbreaking nine-hour documentary film “Shoah,” or Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing.”

The North Korean human rights campaign has gathered swift momentum in the last ten years, through efforts of international non-governmental organizations, but also through its use film and documentaries. The greatest push has come from the United Nations Commission of Inquiry, which resulted in a mammoth report, based on the testimony of 200 experts and survivors, confirming the existence of widespread and systematic crimes against humanity in North Korea.