September 26, 2022

South Korean media consumption top reason for execution in North Korea: Report

Kim Jong Un concerned about public discontent after failing to deliver economic prosperity, expert says

The plurality of public executions in North Korea under Kim Jong Un have been a consequence of watching or distributing South Korean videos, according to a new research report published on Wednesday.

The investigation by the Seoul-based Transnational Justice Working Group (TJWG) aims to map public execution sites over the past 10 years, and it follows new laws introduced in North Korea in 2020 that increase penalties for consuming or sharing South Korean media.