FYI: Radio and TV sets in North Korea are supplied pre-tuned to North Korean stations and must be checked and registered with the police, though some North Koreans own Chinese radios which can receive foreign stations. It is prohibited to tune into foreign broadcasts. There are four major television stations: Korean Central TV, Mansudae Television (a cultural station only available in Pyongyang), Ryongnamsan TV (former Korean Educational and Cultural Network), and Kaesong Television (which targets South Korea). State television is always off air until its 5:00 pm evening news broadcast, except on weekends, which start at 6:00 am, and in emergency events, live events and national holidays.
North Korean officials executed ‘for watching South Korean TV soap operas’ in Kim Jong-un’s latest purge
Kim Jong-Un said to have executed ten officials for watching soaps
‘Executed by firing squad for watching soap operas, bribery or womanising’
The North Korean dictator has allegedly killed 50 senior officials in 2014
Ten senior members of North Korea’s ruling party have been executed after they were caught watching soap operas. The officials were killed on the order of dictator Kim Jong-Un, taking the number of senior government and military members executed this year to 50, South Korea’s intelligence agency have said. The ten were ‘executed by firing squad for watching South Korean soap operas, bribery or womanizing’.
Pirate copies of South Korean and Chinese television programmes are widely available and traded on the black market, The Telegraph reports. Details on the executions were provided by the intelligence service in a report to the South Korean parliament on Tuesday, Yonhap News told the paper. Kim Jong-Un’s father, Kim Jong-Il and grandfather Kim Il-Sung, fiercely protected the population of North Korea from any foreign or modern influences. However, Jon-Un has struggled to shield the North Koreans as mobile phones and the internet has blurred borders.
Last week, South Korean media reported that six officials – including the minister of mail and telecommunications, the commanding officer of North Korea’s air force and a key official in the North’s sport programmes – have not been present at a series of important events in recent months. An intelligence source told South Korea’s renowned JoongAng Ilbo newspaper that ‘six minister-level officials were executed’. If true, it would be the third major purge since the dictator Kim Jong-un assumed power in 2011. This comes a day after North Korea held talks with a UN human rights investigator for first the first time in ten years.
UN human rights chief Marzuki Darusman said he was surprised and gratified that North Korean officials had raised the possibility of allowing him to visit their country during their meeting. But he said the prospect of such a trip remains deeply uncertain because leader Kim Jong Un was insisting that he drop moves in a UN resolution to prosecute the country at the International Criminal Court.over its human rights record. A U.N. Commission of Inquiry report, published in February, detailed wide-ranging abuses, including the use of prison camps, torture, starvation and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities.