Tonight I was talking to a friend who gave me a heads-up on an article that just came out in the Christian Science Monitor. I realize that to many people this might be old news, but some how I missed it. It is so easy to miss these little things such as unification, human rights, and dissention in the North, when we have more important earth-shaking events like Tokdo Island. However, for those of you who are tired of the Tokdo Issue, I present: The unseen video.
It seems that the South Korean government, according to the CSM, has not allowed the video of the North Korean executions to be viewed by the public. When Pak Sang Huk, an escapee from the North approached KBS with the tape they were received with less than open arms.
“Now that we have evidence, they don’t want to see it…. The people who brought this tape through China were speechless when they visited KBS [Korean Broadcast Service] studios, and were shunned.”
Another man, Gyeng-seob Oh, who runs a newsletter about North Korea was convinced that this would be the story – he was in for a big disappointment.
“When I first saw the footage, I thought it would be front-page news. But South Korea, the most important market for this information, was not interested.”
Is this an example of the censureship the same censureship that took place during the Iraqi execution/murders? The Government trying to protect the dignity of the families and spare the public the sight of a grisly murder? Not according to the CMS.
They see Seoul’s refusal to allow the video to be aired as an attempt not to “upset Pyongyang, for fear of harming fragile North-South relations.” Perhaps an extension of the Sunshine policy?
Would allowing this to air on Korean national T.V. actually accomplish anything? Jae Jin Suh of the Korea Institute for National Unification in Seoul is quoted as saying.
“It is naive to think that Pyongyang will respond to a push by Seoul to change and treat its people better. We need to focus on what is effective, not what we think we should say.”
What exactly is this “effective” thing that Seoul needs to concentrate on?
This is perhaps the strongest quote of the who article:
Another refugee plaintively asked the group what South Koreans will say to North Koreans “once North Korea is liberated. “What will we say when they ask us, ‘What did you do to help?’ “