It is estimated that up to 3.5m people have died of starvation in North Korea since 1995 and up to 300,000 have fled over the border to China.
In this video a young starving woman looks for grass to eat.
But the Korean people’s suffering means nothing to the AP.
The Associated Press and North Korea’s official “news” service are co-sponsoring a photo exhibit to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the founder of communist North Korea. It’s a complete juche propaganda show.
Joshua Stanton at One Free Korea broke the story.
For the last few weeks, I’ve made a personal jihad of obtaining photographic proof that the joint photo exhibit by the AP and KCNA, which opened this week in New York, is not (as the AP justifies it) a window into everyday life in North Korea, but is instead (as the AP can’t quite manage to deny) a case of an ostensibly objective news service, one that touts itself as a fearless speaker of truth to power, prostituting itself to North Korea’s propaganda machine in exchange for preferential access to even more propaganda. It does so by co-sponsoring a photo exhibit commemorating the life of dead North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung, an exhibit that North Korea is justifiably touting as a propaganda triumph commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the elder Kim’s birth.
Read the rest here.
Usually I leave out stories about foreign affairs, but this is beyond the pale, reminiscent of CNN’s support for the Saddam regime in Iraq.