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SINCE 2004, DAILY NK’S UNDERCOVER CITIZEN JOURNALISTS INSIDE NORTH KOREA HAVE REPORTED TIMELY AND ACCURATE NEWS TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD.
TOGETHER, THEY WORK WITH DAILY NK STAFF IN SOUTH KOREA TO SAFEGUARD THE FREE FLOW OF INFORMATION.
NORTH KOREA’S INFORMATION BLOCKADE WILL END.
WE WANT TO BE THERE TO DELIVER NEWS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY POSSIBLE –
AND WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT.
Hardly a story about North Korea appears in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, or The Washington Post that hasn’t either originated in, or been confirmed by, outlets like the Daily NK.
Thanks to The Daily NK and the other services, it is also possible now for outsiders to read a dizzying array of âheard-in-North Korea’ reports, many on topics off limits for public discussion in the North.
Defector-led news sources, such as the Seoul-based Daily NK, amplify the information flow. They have built up contacts with clandestine sources inside North Korea, who use illegal mobile phones to provide news ranging from gossip about Mr. Kim’s new wife to evidence of galloping inflation and currency turmoil.
Daily NK, an acclaimed civil society-based online periodical headquartered in Seoul responsible for breaking major news stories from inside North Korea, is raising funds on Indiegogo towards reconfiguring its website with RWD (Responsive Web Design). The goal: to deliver news– translated in Korean, Japanese, English, and Chinese — more effectively across different platforms — desktop, notebook, tablet, and mobile — to our growing international audience.
Founded in 2004, Daily NK‘s staff includes South Korean democracy activists, North Korean defectors, and international researchers. Regularly cited by major international media — such as The New York Times, China Daily, and the BBC — the website is also a frequent target for cyber attacks perpetrated by hackers in China and North Korea. Site redesign will also include security upgrades to safeguard the free flow of information.
Funds raised that exceed our goal will go towards better equipment to gather and transfer news from inside North Korea to the outside world.
DAILY NK NOTEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS:
- December, 2004: Launched Korean and English sites
- January, 2005: Began publishing regular column by Hwang Jang Yop, the former International Secretary of the North Korea Worker’s Party, birthfather of the Juche ideology, and still the highest-ranking North Korean ever to defect
- March, 2005: Broke news on found footage of a public execution in North Korea, which became the first-ever confirmation of a public execution in North Korea and was shown during a session convened by the UN Human Rights Council
- May, 2006: Broke news on found footage of another public execution in North Korea, this time in Haeju
- January, 2007: Launched Chinese and Japanese sites
(Below is a screenshot from the cyber attack on Daily NK that occurred during a period of heightened hostilities on the Korean Peninsula — March, 2013 — and was ultimately traced to Pyongyang)
- November, 2009: Broke news of North Korea’s currency redenomination and its aftermath. Major news sources ââ including the New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN ââ credited Daily NK with the scoop, and South Korea’s CIA-equivalent, the NIS (National Intelligence Service), routinely contacted the Daily NK news office requesting information
- December, 2009: Published North Korea’s New Year’s Statement a day in advance of publication by KCNA (North Korea’s official news agency) after obtaining it from an exclusive source
- October, 2010: Reported exclusively on the funeral of Hwang Jang Yop and his internment in an area of Daejeon National Cemetery reserved for persons who have made an extraordinary contribution to South Korean society
- May, 2010: Conducted seminar in Tokyo on North Korea strategy surrounding the Cheonan sinking
- July, 2011: Published a series of exclusive interviews in a book, NK People Speak, available for free via digital download. Months earlier, Daily NK staff went to the Sino-North Korean border to research the situation there and meet North Korean people. The team did not meet defectors, they met ordinary people: factory workers, traders and even Chosun Workers’ Party members. The resulting text was acclaimed by many leading international think tanks, such as the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), and inspired a significant spike in web traffic. A softback version was also published in Korean
- September, 2011: Established news sharing partnership with Bloomberg
- July, 2012: Broke news of the â6.28 Policy’ focusing on North Korean economic reforms ordered by the Kim Jong Eun regime. Released approximately 20 stories over 45 days outlining the basic tenets of the policy, which focused on agricultural reform but did not address North Korea’s fundamental economic problems
- January, 2013: Published report, North Korea in 2012, in Korean and English that catalogued information from sources inside North Korea and special correspondents based across the Sino-North Korean border in China. The report tracked events taking place inside the country at the grassroots and administrative-levels following the death of Kim Jong II
- March, 2013: Released never-before-seen video of the North Korean market and kotchebi, North Korean homeless street children