One of the most popular YouTube channels carrying North Korean content appears to have closed.
DPRK Music Channel posted music videos of North Korean patriotic songs and traditional ballads, usually sourced from Korean Central TV. The channel had amassed more than 1.3 million views as of February this year, making it the number six most popular channel although within striking distance of the fifth- and fourth-ranked channels.
But visit its YouTube channel page today and all you see is a message saying the account has been deleted.
The situation is the same on the associated Facebook group.
The cause of the sudden disappearance is unclear.
The accounts appeared to have been run by a North Korean sympathizer or music fan outside of the country and not by any element of the country’s government or media itself.
If you know what happened to the channels, let me know.
Could this account be related to 장성택 in any way? Must be a purge! (Just playing!!!)
I don’t know what happened, but that spat between the owner and stimmeskoreas was pretty embarrassing.
You may have more knowledge than I have, if you know that DPRKMC was run outside of North Korea, but I always thought that he was a real NK government spokesman. 1) His Google+ site stated that it was an official NK government site, and his location was given as Pyongyang. 2) He had access to insider NK information; i.e. he was able to inform that some members of Moranbong band in some concerts were absent because of their connections with Jang Song Taek. 3) He had access to original NK videos, taken with several cameras, as he published not only shows presented in TV, but he also reedited with good taste and published at least one old Moranbong Band concert. 4) He always felt very genuinely like a NK representative (subjective evaluation), but he was surprisingly willing for occasional discussion, and gave out more information than any other comparable site. Which were also good reasons to extinguish him. Hope he is alive and well.
On the Youtube page in the About section it said that he was part of Polish KFA branch. So my guess is that he is Polish/lived in Poland and not in Pyongyang.