The propaganda war against North Korea

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People living in western Europe and North America are bombarded with stories about north Korea – often centred around rumour, mysterious ‘intelligence’ sources, or the south Korean and US governments. Most stories are nothing but rumours, spread to portray the DPRK as crazy and unpredictable, but now, more and more often, we are seeing major news sources such as the Guardian, the Telegraph, and the Independent being forced to apologise and write retractions after these blatant lies have been exposed. So how much of what we read about the DPRK is real and how much is clickbait?

Unicorns:
Reported by the guardian: http://goo.gl/JymczK
Retracted by the guardian: http://goo.gl/J08ZPa

Explain the time you met the DPRK ambassador: https://goo.gl/vO041k

120 dog:
Reported by Independent: http://goo.gl/9FMQoj
Retracted by independent: http://goo.gl/r6Bzhx
Click here for an explanation on the ‘120 dog’ story by Keith Bennet of the CPGB-ML: https://goo.gl/qdmoeu

Execution for watching foreign films:
Reported by Independent: http://goo.gl/A5v6j8
Pyongyang 13th International film festival: https://goo.gl/mS4b6j
Comrade Kim Goes Flying: http://comradekimgoesflying.com/

Executed girlfriend:
Reported by South Korean newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, business insider, Huffington Post, and the Telegraph.
Chosun Ilbo: http://goo.gl/yNH5gF
Business Insider: http://goo.gl/fzQ3H8
Huffington Post: http://goo.gl/og0r56
Telegraph: http://goo.gl/a5NkFS
Retracted by the telegraph: https://goo.gl/SBGEV1

How Americans live:
Original YouTube video: https://goo.gl/dHtgTo
Reported by the Huffington Post as fake: http://goo.gl/dS95un
WIRED has since deleted their story in which Spencer Ackerman of WIRED called the film evidence of a “north Korean propaganda video”

Kim Jong Ill’s golf score:
Reported by NY Times: http://goo.gl/RQ0lYe
Reported by ABC news: http://goo.gl/rJiitw
Dismissed by Golf Club Management.net: http://goo.gl/dmbxx4
Dismissed by NK News: http://goo.gl/ovs091

Forced Crying:
Reported by NY daily news: http://goo.gl/Ahe3AP
No evidence to support this, also people cried at the death of South Korean leader Pak Chung-hee: https://goo.gl/teiXug

Women banned from biking before 2012:
Claimed by NBC news: http://goo.gl/fxPcuY

North Korea wins world cup:
Reported by the Toronto Sun: http://goo.gl/ihB79E
Reported by Unilad: http://goo.gl/0RN8gj
Telegraph says it’s fake: http://goo.gl/xzeqcQ
Yahoo says it’s fake: https://goo.gl/H5mi9V

Football squad tortured for loosing:
Reported by Radio Free Asia, claimed their coach was sentenced to hard labour: http://goo.gl/IJyrso
Reported by Daily Mail: http://goo.gl/FEkltm
However FIFA launched an investigation into the claim, and found that they were nothing but baseless rumours: http://goo.gl/k9X65M

Landed People on the Sun:
Originated on the satire site Waterford Whisper News: http://goo.gl/nRqjJV
I Media Ethics reported on the hoax: http://goo.gl/mLxlrk

Mortar execution:
Reported by the Telegraph: http://goo.gl/wqAG6u
Reported by The Daily Mail: http://goo.gl/vWHtN0
Reported by the NY Daily News: http://goo.gl/DF1oUh
Reported by the Independent: http://goo.gl/hbC6NC
Reported by the Huffington Post: http://goo.gl/MFdJJA
Reported by the Washington Times: http://goo.gl/QmHZe0
Not believed by Foreign Policy: http://goo.gl/oZzJaN

Attack on Sony for film:
Believed by Barack Obama: http://goo.gl/PR6rDF
Obama calls for tougher sanctions on North Korea: http://goo.gl/hZH4No
(the diplomat writes) “The BBC, NPR, and the Washington Post, all claimed that North Korea had threatened war against the USA, however again there is no evidence of this” : http://goo.gl/ZK3WDt

OTHER STORIES:
DPRK bans sarcasm.
Claimed by; Vanity Fair https://goo.gl/mVLP4O Fox News https://goo.gl/I2soqk Telegraph https://goo.gl/Lt9hnE Independent https://goo.gl/A71FD7 Daily Mail https://goo.gl/u58ruF
The Sun https://goo.gl/YeQLbZ Mirror https://goo.gl/PKbFk1

Haircuts:
Reported by Radio Free Asia (on the BBC): http://goo.gl/Q2PTE0
CTV news says it’s fake: http://goo.gl/nGhnmQ
The viral picture of the hair salon menu: http://goo.gl/bMDBbv

Link to defecter testimony:
https://goo.gl/ypxEdl

Marcel Cartier – “My trip to North Korea: 13 misconceptions corrected”
https://goo.gl/sj5PTR

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