Timeline: How North Korean propaganda hyped Kim Jong Un in 2020
DPRK propaganda in 2020 spoke to Kim Jong Un’s growing cult of personality and changing leadership style
Throughout 2020, North Korean propagandists made a series of significant changes that speak to Kim Jong Un’s growing cult of personality.
Subtle changes — such as mentioning the leader’s name in newspaper cover slogans or dedicating more air time for Kim’s activities in state media — were made throughout the year. Eventually, this included things generally reserved for the older Kims, like a literature series and official biography. At the same time, hints were dropped how leadership might differ under Kim Jong Un in the future.
Here’s a monthly breakdown of what changed in
- 01With only a year left, Moon pitches American public on his hope for peace
- 02How renewed North Korean border trade will affect currency, food and fuel
- 03How Kim Jong Un’s crackdown on foreign culture hurts Korean reconciliation
- 04North Korea is ordering small-time secretaries to clean up its ideological mess
- 05North Korea faces uncertain future after mass exodus of UN and foreign NGO staff
- 06South Korea’s right-wing resurgence spells uncertainty for North Korea policy
- 07Why North Korea’s Olympic withdrawal is about much more than public health
- 08How Chinese netizens reacted to North Korea’s contentious ballistic missile test