December 04, 2022

Why did North Korea’s ‘ordinary girl’ YouTuber disappear from the web?

Un A once racked up thousands of views as “the new face of North Korean propaganda”

A young North Korean woman claiming to be an “ordinary girl” once took to YouTube to defend her country and address any negative news coming from “western media.” But the English-language vlogger has now disappeared from the web, putting an indefinite end to a state-backed North Korean media organization’s innovative and short-lived experiment at enamoring the west.

The North Korean vlogger, named Un A, was labeled the “new face of North Korean propaganda” last year after her videos drew attention for being more personable than the authoritative, traditional newscast style exuded by other state outlets.