In the west we are quick to believe lunatic stories about North Korea but are some merely a propaganda tool of South Korea and its allies? Take the story of Kim and a prostitute.
A video posted online now appears to show that the woman is very alive after reports in late summer 2013, that she had been executed following a scandal. You need to bear in mind this too could be propaganda but this time from North Korea. There is no hard evidence as to when the video was shot but it should get you thinking. Can you trust media sources that have a vested interest in manipulation? It could be a government wanting to stir up feelings which will lead to acceptance of a war or it could be a media organisation that knows such stories make money. Extreme news attracts a lot of attention as the number of promotions indicates. Back to the tale of Kim and a prostitute. According to the Washington Post"On August 29, 2013, the conservative South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo carried a striking story about Kim Jong Un and a woman he had purportedly had an affair with. Her name was Hyon Song-wol. She was a singer. And Un had executed her. The story, hinging on unnamed “sources in China,” claimed Hyon was killed because she and other well-known musicians had sold pornography of themselves having sex. They were also purportedly caught with “Bibles in their possession” and “treated as political dissidents"." The story flew and was picked up by many mainstream news services. If the lady in question is still alive it means the story was fabricated, possibly by South Korea, for obvious purposes. Last weekend Hyon, looking demure, in political party attire, reportedly made a speech. You can watch the video here. The secretive Democratic Republic of North Korea is hard to assess. It rarely issues news broadcasts and when state ones are put out there they are written it seems to extol the virtues of the country's young leader Kim Jong-un. News stories about North Korea which gain a lot of publicity in the west tend to be the more weird and wacky. Ones that portray him as a bloodthirsty killer and the country as being led by a tough regime that rules with a rod of iron. Many of these stories arrive in the west via South Korea. South Korea may only be a stone's throw away from the north but it is a different kettle of fish. It is a westernised country. It is supported by the west, primarily the USA, a country which still has forces in the region. Along with the USA the south hold regular military drills or war games aimed at showing the north the region is strong and will remain independent. The whole of Korea exists in a strange post-war limbo. In 1950 the north invaded the south and a bloody conflict ensued. Three years later a deal was reached and the fighting ended. The war ended with a truce but peace was never truly declared. The propaganda wars continue. Here at TEK we have posted some North Korean stories which have proved popular but are questionable. We always make that clear. Among them though are true stories. Deciding which are real remains tricky: Eighty public executions across North Korea for minor offences Reports aunt of Kim Jong Un dead from heart attack or suicide Execution of Jang Song-thaek, uncle of Kim, stuns world leader Did Kim Jong Un feed his uncle to the dogs