Propaganda or not
Come on, a country like N. Korea and we know absolutely squat
North Korean Interrogation Video
This video, smuggled out of North Korea, shows the violent interrogation of a young woman. A Soldier forces her to kneel inside an office building, and asks her when she escaped from North Korea, whether she is married, has any children, or has had any contact with South Koreans since her escape. When she refuses to answer, the soldier proceeds to attack the woman, beginning a violent barrage of kicks and lashes with a nearby stick.
After the violent encounter, she begins to talk. Through her tears she says she has been hiding in China for 8 years, has a child, and had no contact with S. Koreans in recent days.
Inside her sack, 10,000 RMB(Renminbi: Chinese currency), liquor, cigarettes, and adult video Cd's are found. She explains that her Cd's weren't for sale, but for renting to others for money. The video is dated August 17, 2005.
North Korea Execution Video Obtained by Japanese Media
TOKYO (AP) - A firing squad fires a few shots. In the distance, the blurry North Korean figures condemned to die for attempting to escape the totalitarian nation slump over, lifeless.
A Japanese media company said Thursday it has obtained footage of two sessions of public executions they say were carried out in North Korea on March 1-2. Nippon Television Network Corp. broadcast portions of the tape Wednesday.
``It's the first time that a video of public executions has been brought out of North Korea and shown to the outside world,'' said Hitoshi Takase, president of Japan Independent News Net, a company that produces news segments for Japanese television networks.
South Korean activists have asserted the totalitarian state carries out the killings to terrify its citizens into remaining within its borders.
The blurry film - apparently from a hidden camera - appeared to show two people being shot in Hoeryong town near the border with China on March 1. The condemned faced the firing squad shortly after a brief trial in which a judge found them guilty of trying to cross into China and smuggle others there, News Net said.
In each case, three gunmen each fired three shots at a prisoner who was tied to a pole.
The judge sentenced two others to life imprisonment and gave seven others 10 to 15 years in labor and re-education camps, according to News Net's translation of the Korean soundtrack.
At another trial and execution session in the same town the following day, one more person was executed and one person was sentenced to 10 years of labor camp, the company said.
News Net said the video was carried out of North Korea by several defectors. It was filmed by unnamed residents of the Stalinist state, the company said in a statement.
It decided to publicize the tape after determining witness accounts of the executions matched the images captured on film, the statement said.
A Seoul-based group called the Commission to Help North Korean Refugees said last month that North Korea had executed 70 defectors who were captured in China and sent home to discourage its citizens from fleeing the country.
The number of people fleeing North Korea decreased drastically following the executions, the group said.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda said on Wednesday that Tokyo was concerned about the apparent evidence provided in the video of North Korea's public executions.
``I saw the news. The U.N. human rights committee, in its resolution on human rights in North Korea, has expressed deep concern that public executions are a serious violation of human rights,'' Hosoda said. ``As a co-sponsor of the resolution, our country shares this understanding.''
A trickle of defectors from the communist North has swelled into a steady flow in recent years as more attempt to flee hunger and political repression in their homeland. Nearly 1,900 North Koreans defected to the South last year, an increase of almost 50 percent from the year before.
More than 100,000 North Koreans are living or hiding in China, the Commission to Help North Korean Refugees has estimated.