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Mobilizing the propagandists in North Korea | BBC News

I have followed Pyongyang’s propaganda since the 1960s. It is a depressing chore, enlivened by the odd wry smile.

no-korea-thumbTheir recent jibe at the “venomous swish of her skirt” – a propos Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s first female president – was offensive, but it is an arresting phrase.

That is an exception. Most Pyongyang prose is leaden and shrill. Bluster and hyperbole, plus hagiography, are standard fare. They boast or threaten unceasingly, and always have done.

In the internet age, anyone – except in South Korea, which bans it, absurdly – can now read this stuff, if they have the patience.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the Party daily Rodong Sinmun and more are online, in English and other languages. Try them.

To peruse these is to enter a parallel universe – and a time warp. Today’s Pyongyang Times reads much as it did back in the 1960s.

For more on this story, visit: BBC News – Mobilising the propagandists in North Korea.

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