May 28, 2023

Abuses of power? Film reveals how the NIS mistreats defectors

“Spy Nation” documents an opaque ROK secret service - and some lawmakers agree

On Tuesday, South Korean President Park Geun-hye endorsed plans to upgrade the country’s infrastructure to ease the settlement process of incoming North Korean defectors.

But while the President might seem determined to make things easier for newly-arriving North Koreans, one investigative journalist isn't convinced. South Korea’s screening process, Choi Seung-ho, journalist and producer for the Seoul-based Korea Center for Investigative Journalism (NEWSTAPA), argues, has proven itself a perpetrator of the forced interrogation and abuse of North Korean defectors.