Recently a couple of us had a discussion on the lies and propaganda of NK News a so-called 'not for profit ' news service . UK KFA have long held that NK News is a CIA and NIS front , indeed it has the fingerprints of the CIA all over it as key members of staff had worked for bodies such as the Marshall Fund and the Center for Non Proliferation Studies which are CIA front organisations . Former US and south Korean army officers are on the staff of NK News. NK News is a modern specialist version of the 1970s CIA front news agency Forum World Features only NKNews is restricted to the DPRK .
Anyway our analysis broke down NKNews's propaganda is several distinct themes , some overlap and some contradict ;
1. "Everyone is starving " , and the DPRK is just like Ethiopia in the 1980s. A long running myth which has been disproved time and time again . Even when the DPRK faced the "arduous march " in the mid 1990s the DPRK rationed food and distributed to everyone through the distribution system. Visiting the DPRK in 1996 it did not look like Ethiopia in the 70s and 80s.
2. The DPRK is "totalitarian " , it is George Orwell's 1984 in the modern day . Again a long running myth , very much a hackneyed propaganda cliche. As to Orwell he was a nasty anti-communist hack writer, anti-Irish racist and later shown to be an MI5 informant . 1984 a tawdry poorly written piece of propaganda. Now which country is it that has the highest number of CCTV cameras in the world , the DPRK ? No the UK . Big Brother is indeed watching you but it is closer to home.
3.Recycling of malicious rumours about the DPRK supreme leadership from south Korea .
4. Claiming that there is a "elite " in the DPRK ,usually ill-defined but assumed to party members , along with the idea that there is a gap between the rich and poor. Well the ruling Workers' Party has millions of members , most families will have at least one party member. The WPK 's members are not just high officials but waitresses, barmaids, cleaners, drivers , ordinary soldiers. All officials and cadres are expected to do 1 day of manual labour a week.
5. Rumours about "reform " and "opening up " and a capitalist market economy . Generalissimo KIM JONG IL rejected "reform and "opening up " and dear respected Marshal KIM JONG UN has pledged to stick to the path charted by KIM JONG IL . An old trick of Western propaganda against socialist countries was to portray them as capitalist .
No one should be taken in by NK News and its lies