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North Korea

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL2871, tabled on 17 November 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the findings of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on the use of radio broadcasting as a source of information for ordinary North Koreans, they consider radio broadcasts to be an effective means to reach the majority of the North Korean population and especially those without access to television or the internet.

Answered on

27 November 2014

The best available source of information on access to media devices in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a survey conducted by InterMedia as part of its 2012 report ‘A Quiet Opening: North Koreans in a Changing Media Environment’. This found that television was the most readily accessible media device among DPRK citizens, with 74% of survey respondents confirming they were able to access television programming compared to 42% who had access to a radio.