13 July 2000

Alert

State radio threatens to "blow up" South Korean newspaper "Chosun Ilbo"


Incident details

newspaper(s)

threatened

This is available in:

English Français

(RSF/IFEX) - In a letter to the secretary of propaganda of the North Korean Workers' Party, Kim Ki-Nam, RSF expressed its concern about threats broadcast on North Korean state radio against the South Korean daily "Chosun Ilbo". RSF called on him to ensure that "this threatening campaign against 'Chosun Ilbo' stops", and "those responsible for the threats will be sanctioned". Robert Ménard, the press freedom organisation's secretary-general, said: "This threatening campaign will only hamper the unification process between the two countries."


According to information collected by RSF, official station Radio Pyongyang broadcast an item on 8 July 2000 titled "This newspaper of tricks that goes against the flow of unification must be tamed!" The radio station labelled the daily "Chosun Ilbo" "anti-Communist", "opposed to unification" and "anti-national". It called its journalists "confrontational maniacs", "liars" and "traitors". Finally, through the radio station, the authorities threatened to "blow up" the newspaper, published in Seoul, if no apology is forthcoming. On a previous occasion, in June 1997, North Korea threatened to order the bombing of the newspaper after the publication of an article entitled, "Kim Jung-Il must leave power" (see IFEX alert of 30 June 1997).




Source

Reporters Without Borders
47, rue Vivienne
75002 Paris
France
rsf (@) rsf.org
Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
North Korea
 
More from North Korea
  • Freedom of the Press 2017: North Korea

    In September [2016], Agence France-Presse (AFP) opened a bureau in Pyongyang, joining just a few other foreign outlets that have a permanent presence in the country.

  • Freedom of the Press 2016: North Korea

    In June, the government barred foreign diplomats in the country from possessing any media content that is critical of the leadership.

  • Freedom of the Press 2015: North Korea

    Ranked 199th in annual global media freedom report

 
More from Asia & Pacific
  • TRUTH VS MISINFORMATION: THE COLLECTIVE PUSH BACK

    SOUTH ASIA PRESS FREEDOM REPORT 2018-2019

  • The Campaign for Justice: Press Freedom in South Asia 2013-14

    Journalism in South Asia is far from an easy profession, as the 12th annual review of journalism in the region "The Campaign for Justice: Press Freedom in South Asia 2013-14" portrays. But this year's report also tells the story of the courage of South Asia's journalists to defend press freedom and to ensure citizens' right to information and freedom of expression in the face of increasing challenges to the profession and personal safety.

  • THE STORIES WOMEN JOURNALISTS TELL: Women in Media in South Asia

    The report is the first created by the South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN) looking specifically at the experience of women journalists in the South Asia sub-region