November 29, 2023

DPRK consultant’s social media activity hints at invasive Chinese interrogation

Michael Spavor listed online on Facebook, Instagram, and Viber in weeks following his detention

Unusual activity on the social media of a North Korea-focused consultant currently detained in China has raised fears that authorities may be conducting a potentially invasive investigation into his life and work.

Accounts on several social media platforms run by Michael Spavor – a Canadian with ties to Pyongyang, reported detained in China in mid-December – have reported their owner online several times in past weeks, suggesting they are being accessed by PRC authorities.