North Korean Youth Risk Harsh Punishment to Access Outside Media

Young Koreans are quietly defying censorship laws by consuming foreign music and other media, offering hope for change in one of the world’s most secretive and repressive states.
Emissaries of the South Korean government shared that assessment during a forum on human rights in North Korea held in Washington on April 20, emphasizing both the bleak picture of life in that country and asking for Western support for young change agents.
The South Korean Ministry of Unification published the “2023 North Korean Human Rights Report” in March, which documented the situation in that country based on eyewitness reports of more than 500 defectors, according to Cho Hyun-dong, ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States….

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