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A Quiet Opening: North Koreans in a Changing Media Environment

North Korea is one of the few remaining places where barriers to informing and engaging remain strong. While it remains unlikely Kim Jong Un will reduce the state’s control over the communication environment, a new report indicates access to unsanctioned foreign media is expanding inside the country. The impact of access to alternative news could have interesting consequences inside the country.

Tomorrow, May 10, InterMedia will host a conversation based on their new report, A Quiet Opening: North Koreans in a Changing Media Environment. The event starts at 9a and ends at noon. It will be at the Reserve Officer Association building at One Constitution Avenue NE on Capitol Hill.

InterMedia requests your RSVP by email. The agenda is below.

The event will be webcast live.

Introduction:

  • Daniel B. Baer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

Presentation:

  • Nathaniel Kretchun, Associate Director, InterMedia; Principal author of A Quiet Opening

Panelists:

  • Dr. Abraham Kim (moderator), Vice President, Korea Economic Institute
  • Marcus Noland, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, The Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Martyn Williams, Blogger, NorthKoreaTech.org and Knight Journalism Fellow, Stanford University

Closing Remarks:

  • Amb. Robert R. King, U.S. Special Envoy, North Korea Human Rights Issues