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Activist Smuggle Media Into Korea With Flash drives

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Human rights activists are coming up with efforts to take out the regime via sitcoms and pop music on thumb drives that they get into North Korea in increasingly creative ways.

“All of our partners in South Korea have bodyguards . . . because the number of times [North Korea] has sent assassins to kill them is significant.”
[Photo: Human Rights Foundation]

Thor Halvorssen, president of Human Rights Foundation, an organization funding the efforts to smuggle foreign media into the country says “ The most effective way is to have the regime crumble from the inside. And the way to do that is by flooding the country with foreign media and educational material that is going to turn the tide against this fake propaganda.”

Activists in South Korea began smuggling old flash drives loaded with media from the outside world into North Korea in 2015. In 2016, they delivered 10,000 drives. Now, after a new donation of 100,000 new flash drives, the Flash Drives for Freedom campaign plans to infiltrate deeper into the country.

The drives are loaded with K-pop music, action movies, documentaries, travel photographs, a Korean copy of Wikipedia that can be read without internet access, and as much other content as can fit on the drive. Technology is making it easier to get drives across the border. The drives were originally smuggled by foot and exchanged across a river on the border with China while guards were bribed. Now, in addition to that process, some are attached to balloons and floated over the border. A group called No Chain,( partners with the Human Rights Foundation), is increasingly relying on drones to make deliveries. 

When they arrive in North Korea the content is often copied and sold. Instead of using computers, North Koreans typically plug the drives into cheap portable media players from China that can run on batteries. “Every North Korean is one degree removed from someone with one.

[Photo: Human Rights Foundation]

The activists are looking for more donations of drives

 

This Is What They Play Every Morning In North Korea

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The Song Is Played On Loudspeakers Throughout Pyongyang

 

 

 

YouTube Blocks North Korea’s Channel

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YouTube has blocked the  a North Korean state-run channel broadcaster used as a propaganda tool by the country’s autocratic regime.

The channel’s content consist of news broadcasts on everything from Kim Jong-Un’s nationwide outings to coverage on the country’s nuclear tests. Now, when you visit Korean Central Television’s YouTube page, you’re confronted with a message that states: “This account has been terminated for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.”

 

North Korea Threatening To Blow Up Manhattan

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Short Story Collection Smuggled Out Of North Korea

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Peter Blackstock at Grove Atlantic bought North American rights to The Accusation, a short story collection by a North Korean writer published after the work was smuggled out of the country. The author’s pseudonym name is Bandi. The book was initially published by the South Korean house Chogabje in 2014. Barbara Zitwer, who has an eponymous agency, is handling rights on behalf of Chogabje. In addition to the U.S. sale, the book has been acquired in the U.K. (where Serpent’s Tail/Profile nabbed U.K. and Commonwealth rights); France (Éditions Philippe Picquier); and Spain (Libros del Asteroide). Zitwer also confirmed that offers on the book were in from a number of other territories, including the Netherlands and Germany. The collection hosts a range of characters as it paints a portrait of daily life under a dictatorship. Zitwer added that the book is the first known work of fiction by a North Korean to make it out of the closed country

North Korea Internet Restored

 

 

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The North Korean network is routed through China, so while it isn’t yet clear how the outage happened.

Internet services were partially restored after nine hours and 31 minutes of disruption, cyber security firm Dyn Research says. While most mainstream North Korean websites are back online, the recovery initially appeared to be partial and potentially unstable with some websites still inaccessible. Analysts had said technical problems or a cyber-attack could be to blame.

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