Poker face: North Korea tries new strategy in crackdown on ‘bluffing’ and lying
Penalties for poor performance and inability to fact check has made false reporting endemic, analysis of new law shows
The Supreme People’s Assembly, North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament, passed a new law against fraudulent reporting last year, and the recent publication of the full text makes clear that deceit has become a ubiquitous part of life in the DPRK.
Literally translated as the Bluffing Prevention Act, the law seeks to outlaw lying in the country, a signal that a system with severe punishments for poor performance and where accurate information is difficult to obtain struggles with honest communication.
An NK Pro analysis reveals:Bluffing has a formal legal definition of falsifying records
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