North Korea is calling on citizens to report suspicious acts linked to espionage, rebellion, and demoralization, a photo obtained by NK News in Pyongyang has revealed.
The notice, entitled “stipulations of inculpation”, outlines behavior that North Koreans are expected to report.
The announcement suggests that social issues in North Korean society are under increased scrutiny, saying “superstition, gambling and prostitution” must be reported to the police.
“The act of illegally possessing, buying and selling various kind of ‘drugs,’ gold, silver, copper, aluminum, fuel oil, non-ferrous metal and state-banned goods [should be reported],” the notice says, suggesting drug use is becoming more widespread.
“Murder, robbery, rape, destruction of major assets, cutting communication and electric lines, extortion, burglary, smuggling, black market dealings, bootleg liquor, brokerage, trickery, and currency trading” are also targeted.
“The act of possessing, selling and buying guns, bullet, gunpowder, explosives, deadly weapons,” are to be reported.
Pyongyang residents are also expected to denounce neighbors who steal state-owned supplies and must inform on individuals who spend suspiciously large amounts of money.
“The act of raising or attempting to evoke social problems by disturbing public order, including ‘gang fights,’” must also be reported.
The written decision also mentions cyber crime, ordering that “the act of secretly intruding computer networks, violating copyright and producing and circulating computer viruses” must be notified to the police.
Access to and circulation of information, illegal broadcasts, and “pornography” are also coming under increased scrutiny.
“The act of watching, listening, copying and disseminating exotic and decadent sound recordings, video, picture, and publications which are inconsistent with our people’s thought and emotion as well as customs,” should be reported, as must “the act of listening, watching and disseminating foreign countries’ broadcasts and TV in secret through portable radio, television receiver, or computer.”
Activities that may jeopardize the country’s socio-political stability are also strictly monitored, including propaganda and agitation, as well as anti-government crimes and possession of leaflets from the South.
Taking photos of military facilities and objects which could “defame the prestige” of the country also must be reported to authorities.
The announcement also covers the protection of classified information, banning residents from leaking secrets of the ruling Workers’ Korea Party (WPK) or the Korean People’s Army (KPA) and from owning goods related to classified information.
A long-time North Korea watcher and senior researcher at an affiliate of the South Korean Ministry of National Defense (MND) argued that the notice proved that the North Korean leadership was attempting to overcome the limitations of the “central government’s unilateral surveillance.”
“This is an attempt to heighten mutual surveillance system among residents,” the researcher, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of speaking to media, told NK News.
The researcher pointed out that, in the past, North Korea had attempted to control illegal acts through neighborhood watch units known as “inminban” and daily group self-criticism meetings known as “saeng-hwal-chong-hwa.”
“The announcement also demonstrates that problems [such as drug, prostitution, superstition and gambling] are rife [in North Korean society],” the researcher said.
Featured Image: IMG_1702 by NK10/10 on 2015-10-12 12:54:00