Propaganda : N Korea demonization

2005-11-28

Richard Moore

    North Korea has been accused of gross human rights
    violations, including live human testing of biological
    agents and operating prison camps.

What? Doing the same as the U.S.? How outrageous!

rkm

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 N. Korea Says CNN Execution Image Fabricated 
Reuters 

Saturday 26 November 2005 

Seoul - North Korea on Saturday called a recent CNN
program depicting a public execution in the communist
state a "sheer fabrication" and dismissed it as a ratings
ploy by the U.S.-based broadcaster.

North Korea takes any criticism of its internal affairs
sensitively and brands it a part of U.S. conspiracy to
topple the government of its leader, Kim Jong-il.

CNN earlier this month broadcast a documentary,
"Undercover in the Secret State," which among other images
showed a grainy clip of what it called a public execution
by firing squad of a man accused of helping a refugee
cross into neighboring China.

"The video tape is full of sheer lies negating the popular
and class nature and the democratic principle of the
DPRK's laws and tarnishing its image from A to Z," the
North's official KCNA news agency said in a commentary.

DPRK is short for the North's official name, the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

KCNA said people "who know about the DPRK even a bit
claimed that the way of speaking and dressing of those who
appeared on the screen and the background against which
the scenes were shot were quite different from the reality
in the DPRK, a clear proof of a sheer fabrication."

A Japanese news agency and a British television channel
have also broadcast images they say had been taken inside
the North and showed public executions.

As in the CNN program, those images were captured from a
distance and included no independent first-person accounts
of what was taking place, making it difficult to discern
the circumstances or the location of the actions.

"CNN is losing popularity as the days go by although it
had high audience rating in the world in the past," KCNA
said. Much upset by this, CNN staged such poor farce to
improve its image."

In the process, the U.S. broadcaster has been "reduced to
a trumpeter and a political waiting maid for the U.S.
administration," it said.

North Korea has been accused of gross human rights
violations, including live human testing of biological
agents and operating prison camps.

A UN General Assembly committee on November 17 adopted a
resolution expressing serious concern about the state of
human rights in the secluded state.

South Korea abstained from voting from concern for
provoking the North. China, the North's ally, voted
against.

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