North Korea: House-to-house searches to confiscate banned music
The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has issued a decree demanding the destruction of tapes and CDs that could threaten the regime, reported Daily NK.
Concerned about possible threats to his regime, the North Korean leader has reportedly ordered music censorship to be extended, banning not only foreign songs but local tunes too, sources inside North Korea say.
The Korean Workers’ Party Propaganda and Agitation Department has begun circulating a new and expanded list of banned songs, which also decree the destruction of any CD or cassette tape containing prohibited content. According to Daily NK this was confirmed by a variety of North Korean sources.
Concerns that certain lyrics could motivate popular dissent appears to be the motivation behind the new restrictions.
“The local propaganda departments are getting inminban [people’s unit] heads to collect cassettes and CDs from people’s homes and are combing through them,” a source speaking from inside the country claimed. “If even one song from the banned list is discovered, they incinerate the whole thing.”
The soundtrack of a North Korean-produced movie ‘Im Kkeok Jeong’, which is about a Robin Hood-like figure who lived in the 16th century, is listed, including titles such as ‘Take Action Blood Brothers’ and ‘To Get Revenge’.
In addition, the song ‘Nation of No Tears’ – a popular track from a made-for-tv feature – has been forbidden.
Although many of the songs have been banned before, the directive takes new measures by demanding that all material is physically destroyed too.