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The North Korean authorities have launched a fresh attack on the viewing of foreign media, according to sources. The move reportedly comes in response to rising incidences of USB sticks being used to view dramas on Chinese-made DVD players with USB ports.
With the exception of the poorest groups in North Korean society, a great many families now own Chinese DVD players of this type, which many use to watch dramas from abroad.
A source from Hamheung in South Hamkyung Province told Daily NK on the 11th, “The Ministry of Public Security has issued orders calling for us to step up control over DVD players with a USB function.” He added, “If DVD players without a verification sticker from the security forces are found to be in use, even their TVs are being seized.”
According to multiple inside sources, while people do still watch films and dramas from abroad in DVD format, their usage is easier to uncover, causing the format to lose popularity particularly now that USBs, which are easier to conceal, have become more common in the country.
Therefore, security agents are supposed to be rendering the USB function on Chinese players unusable by removing internal circuits or making it physically impossible to insert USB sticks into them, before placing a verification sticker on the body of the machine that signifies that it is legal for domestic use.
However, according to the source, “Some households own multiple DVD players so that they can hide one from the authorities and present the other. Other houses are just waiting for the crackdown to loosen up so that they can carry on as before.”
“Local government cadres are telling public meetings that ‘you must open your door to the agents even when they come at night’. Once state TV finishes for the night, they enter homes and check whether TVs are warm, and if they are then they go looking for DVD players,” he added.
A number of soldiers with the Border Guards in North Hamkyung Province were recently killed in a shooting incident near the border, Daily NK has learned.
A provincial source explained on the 2nd, "On the 25th of last month a soldier shot and killed five company commanders with the Musan County Border Guards. The soldier fled but was arrested on the border and sent back."
According to the source, the soldier had received a particularly meagre quantity of food for dinner that day, so, having done his guard duty, returned to the mess in secret and stole more. However, he was caught and received a beating from the cadre in charge of food supplies and other senior personnel. The soldier reportedly snapped at this point, responding with his weapon.
"The commanders there are now in a state of high tension, fearing they may face censure for the shootings. The atmosphere on-base is difficult," the source said, explaining, “In past cases like this, the soldier was shot there and then and his or her family were sent to a re-education facility, while the unit was dismantled and its commanders were demoted or given a period of revolutionzation [put on probation]."
Originally posted by Swills
Wait what? Calling for a step up in control of DVD players? I cannot even fathom what it is like to live in this crazy oppressed land.
Originally posted by creatives
reply to post by Swills
That's the point I'm making, you do live in that environment.
You just can't 'see' that you are.