Chris Blattman

1984 in 2013: North Korea deletes 98% of past news stories

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North Korean state media outlet the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) has deleted over 35,000 articles from its on-line archives.

“There were 35,000 articles dated September 2013 or earlier on KCNA in Korean. If they’re leaving the odd one in, it’s still a kill ratio of 98-99%,”

…In addition, Feinstein said that approximately 20,000 articles had also been removed from the archives of the Rodong Sinmun, North Korea’s state newspaper.

“This is a a calculated thing they’ve done. Across all sites, it means the order most likely came from above each individual agency.

“This is what makes it so interesting – it’s a true North Korean purge, not just a KCNA one,” Feinstein explained.


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