January 28, 2023

Enhanced border controls hurtle North Korea into a new information dark age

The COVID crisis has helped authorities justify harsher measures that will likely persist even after the pandemic ends

North Korea appears to be going through another major turning point in its history. The government, while always reclusive, has decided to step up its self-imposed information blockade and dramatically reduce interaction with the outside world.

These developments began before the pandemic, but the outbreak of COVID-19 has only helped authorities to justify harsher measures and policies.