January 29, 2023

North Korea threatened death penalty for spreading COVID ‘rumors’

Public notice posted in Pyongyang earlier this year latest example of the regime’s Orwellian approach to pandemic

A notice posted in the North Korean capital earlier this year and seen by NK News this week warns that those who spread “rumors” about COVID-19 and Pyongyang’s quarantine policies could face the death penalty.

The notice, dated May 29, 2022, came around two weeks after the country admitted it was facing a COVID-19 outbreak for the first time and described any criticism of the country’s pandemic policy as “anti-state” activities.