Building trust with North Korean radio audience essential to incite democratic…

first_img“The resistancefighting style should definitely depend on the regime at hand. Alldictatorships eventually come to an end. Hitler and Saddam Hussein are but twoexamples. Kim Jong Un will someday meet a similar fate. Bypresenting vivid reports of inside information, it’s possible to gain faith andkick off democratization in North Korea.” The former East German democracy advocatesadvised that producing and broadcasting diverse news about what is going on inNorth Korea is the most effective way to develop trust and begin the process ofdemocratization. Through objectively researched and presented reports, trustcan be developed. After trust is developed, it will be possible to change thesocial and political consciousness of North Koreans.   The experts specifically advised theimportance of North Korean defectors, who have experience in both North andSouth Korea and can thus naturally serve as bridges between the two societies.Reports produced by defectors can form momentum leading to change in the North.“The most effectivemethod will be to have the defectors recording the radio broadcasts that yousend into the North. If you can get stories about the North and turn them intonews pieces that you send back in, it will be much easier to develop listenerconfidence in the broadcast’s credibility,” Mr. Schefke said. “Because it is so difficultto distribute leaflets or use cell phones to communicate, radio broadcastsremain the best way to transmit information. It will be helpful todiscuss how defectors are doing with their new lives in South Korea. It willalso be important to use their networks when they arrive. These defectors areserving in an extremely important role. I hope that they seize upon each andevery opportunity to be a lifeline of information for those still in theNorth.”  News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Mr. Jahn said, “The East German authoritiestried in vain to block the trickle down effect of Western media. Countless EastGerman young people engaged and helped produce these media despite the dangers.The proof of the value of this media is in the historical evidence.” Mr. Schefke also weighed in, noting, “We didn’t dwell on thedangerous aspect of our task. We devoted all our energy and worries intosolving the problem of getting outside information into the country. We thoughtabout disseminating leaflets from the West, about how to get Western radio broadcastsinto the homes of East Germans.”  SHARE News News In this matter, footage and audio tape ofthe democracy movement in East Germany was sent to the West. Programs wereproduced in West Germany and broadcast for East Germans to see and hear on TVand radio. East German residents learned about things that the authorities hadbeen concealing from them through the broadcasts. The regime’s ability to liewith impunity was greatly reduced thereafter. The situation is reminiscent ofthe radio broadcasts that are sent to contemporary North Korea. This kind of media gave a boost in braveryand confidence to the East German residents, which eventually culminated in the1989 “Peaceful Revolution,” and served as the driving force of Germanre-unification.   On this topic, Mr. Jahn said, “The TVprograms were responsible for giving the people the bravery they needed to getout on the streets and demonstrate.  It might be hard for youngsters inGermany to understand or sympathize with at the moment, but this media wasextremely helpful in ushering in the period of peace by contributing to Germanunification.”  *This article has been brought to youthanks to support from the Korea Press Foundation. Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store By Daily NK – 2016.03.02 4:14pm Two figures who made outsized contributions to German democracy: Head of Stasi Records Agency Roland Jahn and Siegbert Schefke, a reporter from Central German Broadcasting Station. Image: Daily NK Persistentinfusions of information can change the systemThrough media, the East German democracymovement was able to spark changes resulting in peaceful unification, but theprocess was not always a smooth one. Reporter Schefke was tasked with directlyfilming the country’s latest developments, but he did not have the properequipment and was constantly forced to go through trial and error to accomplishhis tasks. It was especially important for him toavoid the crackdowns and censorship of the government. Because the East GermanSecret Police (or Stasi) had full knowledge that people like Siegbert Schefkewere undertaking ‘seditious’ activities, he operated under constant threat oftorture or prolonged imprisonment. According to East German criminal law atthe time, Mr. Schefke’s crimes were punishable by up to 12 years ofimprisonment. Many people were caught by the Stasi Police and thrown in jailfor similar offenses. Despite the constant repression and threat of punishment, these democracy advocates did not let their hope and faith in democratic unification die away.  A camera and recorder used by democracy advocates to record scenes at the Berlin Palace of Tears (Tränenpalast), where East Germans said goodbye to visitors who were returning to the West. Image: Daily NK Facebook Twitter Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR When asked about South Korean broadcasts tothe North, Jahn said, “I understand that the regime has a monopoly oninformation in the North. In order to open the country up, it is necessary towork side by side with the North Korean people. Of course, the broadcasts willhelp to expose and rupture cracks in the regime, but it will also be necessaryto look for opportunities to make bigger holes in the regime’s grasp on power.”  Building trust with North Korean radio audience essential to incite democratic changes News A Stasi Prison in Dresden. It’s been converted into a museum, with the purpose of informing as many visitors as possible about the hardships endured by the democracy protestors. Image: Daily NK “Duringthe time of division, East German radio and TV featured rosy depictions of lifein the communist state that was quite different from the normal experience ofordinary residents. To fight back against the propaganda lies of the tightlycontrolled state media, we looked for ways to discover the truth.” Through an acquaintance, I received arequest to record the progress of the anti-regime movement in East Germany. I said, of course I can. That’s how we started recording video and audiofor West German broadcasters. We made content that showed what life was reallylike in East Germany.” This is the true story of Siegbert Schefke,a reporter from Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (Central German Broadcasting, MDR) ,who was a democracy movement protester in East Germany in the era beforeunification. At the time, Siegbert Schefke worked with Head of Stasi RecordsAgency Roland Jahn to fight against the autocratic East German authorities. Mr. Schefke said, “I was not personally closewith Mr. Jahn. We used a cipher to communicate to one another in secret. Wetalked every day at a fixed time. That was the extent of our affiliation. Itwas a dangerous undertaking, but I felt it was my duty. We sent video footageto West Germany which showed the real state of our country. Then the WestGermans made TV programs from the footage and beamed the television signal overto East Germany so our countrymen could see.”  North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only)last_img read more