North Korea and Russian state media have joined forces to battle “pretend information” about matters together with Pyongyang’s contentious relationship with Washington.
Sporting loyalty badges of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, the administrators of the Korean Central Information Company and the TASS information company signed a cooperation settlement on Tuesday throughout a go to to Pyongyang by a Russian delegation that additionally included the top of Channel One state tv.
“We more and more typically see misrepresentation of data within the information atmosphere, and we should counter the dissemination of such pretend information,” mentioned central information company director Kim Chan Gwang. “I consider that KCNA and TASS information companies should be a part of efforts in the direction of this aim.”
Whereas he did not specify what “pretend information” he meant, the top of the North Korean overseas ministry’s data division on Monday praised TASS and Channel One for “pretty and objectively” reporting the “principal positions of the management of the folks’s republic in Korean-American relations”.
An try to resume stalled denuclearisation talks between the US and North Korea collapsed in Stockholm on Saturday. Kim Jong-un’s regime launched a ballistic missile off of its coast final week.
The KCNA’s propaganda-heavy protection suggests that just about any assertion that differs from the Pyongyang line can be thought of pretend information. An article on Wednesday about Korean Warfare commemorations south of the border thundered that “the South Korean authorities’ rhetoric about reconciliation and peace solely show that they’re false trumpeting to cowl up their darkish intention of escalating confrontation”.
4 of the 10 “high information” objects on the KCNA web site have been tales about Kim receiving items, greetings and floral baskets on the 74th anniversary of the Staff’ Get together of Korea.
Russian state media equally accuses the West typically of hypocrisy and hostile plots. After the downing of Malaysia Airways flight 17 by a Russian missile in japanese Ukraine, state media deflected blame with a raft of untamed conspiracy theories, they usually portrayed the Salisbury poisoning accusations as a groundless “provocation” towards Moscow.
Solely Turkmenistan ranked decrease than North Korea within the Reporters With out Borders 2019 press freedom index, whereas Russia got here in at 149.
Whereas AP and AFP have Pyongyang bureaus, authorities minders severely restrict their reporters’ actions and contacts. An Australian scholar who had posted pictures and written articles in regards to the North Korean meals and tradition was expelled from the nation in June on spying accusations.
TASS, which has been granted two written interviews with Kim Jong-un, mentioned on Wednesday it hopes to broaden its bureau within the nation to incorporate a images desk.
The Russian delegation additionally attended a “Nation of the Individuals” patriotic gymnastics present carried out by 30,000 North Koreans and have been knowledgeable by high officers that Pyongyang totally supported Vladimir Putin’s “insurance policies for defending the sovereignty of Russia”.
Mr Putin hosted Kim in Vladivostok in April. Eager to be seen as an influence dealer within the Asian area, Moscow has demanded that the US present safety ensures in trade for Pyongyang ramping down its nuclear missile programme.
Russia has been accused of secretly transferring gasoline to North Korea at sea to assist it dodge worldwide sanctions.
Regardless of the nice and cozy relations, Russian border guards detained lots of of North Korean fishermen on accusations of poaching final month.