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Assessing North Korean Media Coverage of a Domestic COVID-19 Outbreak   [open html - 0B]

From the Document: "North Korea's official acknowledgment of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, though not shocking, was an unusually bold step. State-run media for more than two years have been saturated with reports sounding the alarm about the virus and highlighting the country's quarantine efforts, all clear indicators that the leadership harbored strong concern about the possibility of an outbreak. However, both the level of detail disclosed and the targeting of the domestic audience are remarkable, given the regime's general reluctance to explicitly acknowledge any disease outbreak. That said, we are left with the question of why North Korea decided to now disclose this damning information after more than two years of denying any cases (contrary to many outside reports [hyperlink]). Moreover, why is the North reporting on the status of suspected COVID [coronavirus disease] cases in such detail, providing daily tallies--down to city and provincial levels--of new cases and even deaths?"

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2022-05-24
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