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
- 01The tangled fates of the Koreas and the UN: An NK Pro deep dive
- 02Recap: All the guns, troops and spectacle at North Korea’s paramilitary parade
- 03What we know about North Korea’s new cruise missiles
- 04North Korea’s long-range missiles pose the greatest threat to Seoul
- 05One of North Korea’s dirtiest businesses may be back amid border lockdown
- 06Restart of Yongbyon reactor reflects North Korea’s need for fissile material
- 07More of the same? Japan’s North Korea strategy under the next prime minister
- 08Identity theft: Sanctioned North Korean ship poses as clean tanker