Wow, a voice for the people that.. most of the people will never know?
But hey, kudos to NK to being more tech savvy than China haha… amazing.
Re: China’s networking paranoia (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE66D0K120100714)
North Korea turns to Twitter in apparent propaganda war
Published On Tue Aug 17 2010
Sangwon Yoon, Associated Press
Korea appears to have ramped up its propaganda war against South Korea and the United States by turning to Twitter and YouTube — websites that most citizens of the reclusive communist country are banned from viewing.
The North’s government-run Uriminzokkiri website posted an announcement last week saying it has a Twitter account and a YouTube channel.
More than 80 videos have been uploaded since July to the global video-sharing site under the user name uriminzokkiri.
The series of clips include condemnation of “warmongers” South Korea and the U.S. for blaming North Korea for the sinking of a South Korean warship in March.
In May, an international team of investigators found North Korea responsible for the sinking, which killed 46 South Korean sailors, but the North denies involvement.
“Those who enjoy setting flames of war are bound to burn in those very flames,” a narrator says in one video.
A clip titled “Who will win if North Korea and the U.S. fight?” claims the North possesses nuclear fusion technology. North Korea said in May that its scientists succeeded in creating a nuclear fusion reaction, but experts doubt the isolated country actually has made the breakthrough in the elusive clean-energy technology.
Another clip calls the South Korean foreign minister a “pro-American flunky” who should make his living by “mopping the floors of the Pentagon.”
The Twitter account, which opened last Thursday under the name uriminzok, which means “our country” in Korean, has garnered more than 3,000 followers in less than a week.
As of Tuesday uriminzok tweeted 11 links to Uriminzokkiri reports that threaten “merciless retaliation” against South Korea and the U.S. and call South Korean President Lee Myung-bak’s administration a “prostitute of the U.S.”
North Korea, one of the world’s most secretive countries, blocks Internet
access for all but the elite among its 24 million citizens but is believed to have a keen interest in information technology.
In Washington, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the U.S. welcomed North Korea to the social media forums but challenged its authoritarian leaders to allow its citizens full access to the sites, as most other governments do. And, he said that Pyongyang’s elite had underestimated the power they had unleashed.
“The Hermit Kingdom will not change overnight, but technology once introduced can’t be shut down. Just ask Iran,” he said.
He referred to unsuccessful attempts by the Iranian government to cut off
access to social networking sites that opposition groups used to organize support during unrest that followed disputed elections last year.
Crowley’s comments were made on — where else? — Twitter.
Despite the foray into social networking, the vast majority of North Korea’s 24
million citizens will not be able to see the posts, because their government blocks Internet access for all but the elite. Despite the restrictions, North Korea’s leadership is believed to have a keen interest in information technology.
“We use Twitter to connect, to inform, and to debate,” Crowley said. “The
North Korean government has joined Twitter, but is it prepared to allow its citizens to be connected as well?”
Original article: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/848986–north-korea-turns-to-twitter-in-apparent-propaganda-war
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