Saturday, March 14th 2015
Co-sponsored by the Committee on Human Rights in North Korea, Jang Jing-sung, “a former North Korean propaganda poet,” spoke at the Institute of World Politics in Washington on February 4, 2015. His presentation is available on video, and it was summarized by IWP below.
Monday, March 9th 2015
Andrew Natsios, Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at Texas A&M University (and former administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development), spoke at the Institute of World Politics in Washington on January 29, 2015. The video of his presentation, “The DPRK: Human Rights and Security in the Digital Age,” can be found here. The IWP summary is below:
In his remarks, Mr. Natsios described the impact of the famine of the mid 1990s, during which approximately 2.5 million North Koreans lost their lives. Since North Korea's inception, its people have been subject to countless human rights violations. Unfortunately, the North Korean population has been told that the issues they face are a result of American belligerency. However, the digital age has discredited some of this propaganda, and it is becoming increasingly difficult for the regime to retain its legitimacy.
Tuesday, May 15th 2012
For well more than a decade, Korea experts who specialize in international media have been examining the impact of foreign broadcasts and DVDs on users in North Korea. They have done so through a combination of in-country surveys and debriefings of defectors from North Korea, refugees and travelers abroad. In annual reports, Freedom House and Reporters Without Borders invariably have ranked that country as having the “least free” media in the world. Yet the curtain of near total silence appears to be opening as never before in North Korea.