North Korea

North Korea

Kept in ignorance

Headed by Kim Jong-un since 2012, North Korea’s totalitarian regime continues to keep its citizens in a state of ignorance. The widespread adoption of mobile phones, including smartphones, has been accompanied by technical measures that provide the regime with almost complete control over communications and files transmitted over the national intranet. North Koreans can still be sent to a concentration camp for viewing, reading or listening to content provided by a media outlet based outside the country. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) is the only permitted source of official news for the country’s other media. Ostensibly, the Korean authorities are displaying greater flexibility towards the international media, allowing more foreign reporters to cover official events. In September 2016, Agence France-Presse even opened a bureau in partnership with KCNA, as the Associated Press already did in 2012. In reality, the regime continues to exercise meticulous control over the information available to the foreign media.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



180 in 2018

Global score


88.87 in 2018

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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