Kim Jong Un delivers his New Year address on January 1, 2015 (Photo: Korean Central Television)

Is western media an unwitting ally of North Korea’s propaganda?

News outlets have raised concerns over the reliability of defector testimony after Shin Dong-hyuk recanted part of his story this week. For Pyongyang, this is a welcome distraction from its crimes, writes Michael Kirby, chair of the UN inquiry into North Korea’s human rights abuses.

Kim Jong Un delivers his New Year address on January 1, 2015 (Photo: Korean Central Television)

By Michael Kirby

Are elements of western media unwitting allies of North Korean propaganda? Does the way we cover news and opinion in developed countries play into the hands of autocratic and totalitarian countries, which are skilfully focused on hiding their human rights More >