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How Is Kim Jong-il's Media Outlet Handling the Dear Leader's Death?

Not well.
December 19, 2011, 12:00am

Kim Jong-il is dead. The passing of one of the world’s most iron-fisted dictators in recent history is massive news. When you also consider that one of the most enigmatic characters on Earth is now gone as well, and then think of the ripple effects his death will have on the global sunglasses, leisure suit and satire industries—not to mention the blow Hennessy is about to take to its balance sheet—the passing of Jong-Il at 69 will likely be firmly planted on the front pages of news sites for some time to come.


That includes the site of North Korea’s lone news outlet, the Korean Central News Agency. Right now, with flashing gun sights galore, there are no less than ten main-page stories relating to Jong-Il’s passing. The question that needs to be asked is, on the most important day of its existence, how is the sole news outlet in North Korea handling the coverage?

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