Friday, April 04, 2008

Undercover Journalism in North Korea

The BBC takes a fascinating look at a handful of brave North Koreans who risk imprisonment to reveal the truth about life in Kim Jong-Il's totalitarian "paradise":

In the Chinese city of Yanji, just a few kilometres from the North Korean border, one of the most risky journalistic endeavours ever undertaken is taking shape.

A North Korean citizen is being trained in the techniques of using a hidden camera.

His identity is a closely guarded secret, so he chooses to use the name Lee Jun.

Mr Lee is one of a group of citizen journalists that has begun working inside North Korea, producing written reports and video footage which are then smuggled to the outside world.

He has crossed the border on numerous occasions, bringing hours of material showing everyday life in the street, on trains, even in police stations.

His images, caught on a camera concealed inside his bag, give a rarely seen glimpse of one of the world's most closed societies.

Going undercover in North Korea


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been to Yanji. Korean-Chinese city bustling with energy and restaurants serving good dog meat. Just across the border is living hell.

Other people have gotten footage out, but I guess since it's the BBC people take notice. These people risk the most painful types of torture, for them and their whole family (they like to lock up whole families, and kill them in front of one another, to punish them all for the "crimes" of one.)

The fact that the world powers have let this failed state starve and kill so many people makes the slogan "never again" ring hollow.

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