NKSC Expert Seminar on Media Dissemination in North Korea
On May 24, 2013 NKSC carried out an expert seminar “The conditions of external media dissemination its influence in raising Human Rights awareness in North Korea”. The seminar invited a diverse group of speakers to discuss media dissemination from a theoretical and academic perspective or brought defectors that worked directly in media distribution in North Korea.
The seminar took place in the San Fracisco Education Center with invited speakers such as Sun Gwang Joo (Researcher of Daily NK), Park Jeong Ran (Seoul National University, Institute of Peace and Research Studies), Doh Myung Hak (Secretary General and the PEN CLUB Refugee PEN Center), and Shin Eun Soek (North Korean defector).
NKSC’s President Kang Cheol Hwan commenced the seminar with opening remarks on the need to disseminate external information in North Korea to bring democracy and human rights in the country. He explained how NKSC has been sending movies and offline Wikipedias to raise the awareness of freedom and human rights to the North Korean people in order to bring bottom-up changes. Mrs. Park then discussed sociological and theoretical perspectives that allow different types of people to change throughout time in society. Mr. Doh analyzed different media sources (computers, DVD players, CDs, tapes and cassettes inflow in North Korea and how it affected North Korean society. A special defector guest who worked in distributing external media in North Korea also shared his experiences.