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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