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)

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

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Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang in May 2014 (UN Photo)

Pyongyang is booming, but in North Korea all is not what it seems

Kim Jong-un’s regime is not coming in from the cold just yet, and an increasingly prosperous capital stands in sharp contrast to the rest of the country

Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang in May 2014 (UN Photo)

Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang in May 2014 (UN Photo)

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