February 25, 2024

For Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s COVID crisis is also a propaganda opportunity

Experts say state media has savvily manipulated stats to show the regime is leading country to overcome outbreak

For nearly a month, North Korea has struggled to rein in a COVID-19 outbreak that it has called one of the greatest crises in the country's history. Medical experts have postulated that thousands could die, and some observers have even raised the possibility of resulting regime instability.

Yet despite the serious threat that COVID-19 poses to millions in the DPRK, it’s become increasingly clear that the outbreak has also provided Pyongyang with a golden opportunity to boost propaganda for the regime.