February 25, 2024

New report shines light on secret North Korean groups fighting against K-pop

Testimony of officials and victims details inner workings of ‘non-socialist groups’ that enforce ideological conformity

Without notice, the secretive North Korean police would barge into schools and homes. They’d conduct body checks on students, searching even their socks and under their belts for flash drives carrying foreign media. Anyone found with such illicit content they would take away.

As a former DPRK prosecutor, Eundeok Kim said he oversaw these shadowy groups charged with cracking down on foreign media, part of the regime’s systematic efforts to achieve complete ideological control over the North Korean people.