North Korea steps up efforts to find cell phone users.

Posted: 24 Apr 2010   Print   Send a link
The Korea Times, 23 Apr 2010, Kang Hyun-kyung: "Radio Free North Korea (RFNK) ... reported Wednesday that the authorities had stepped up efforts to find cell phone users. Using cell phones in the North is illegal. Some North Koreans, however, use mobile phones to provide information on what's going on inside the secretive nation to affiliated media outlets based in Seoul. They receive money in return for the high-risk job. ... Several media outlets run by North Korean defectors, including Daily NK and North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity, also have secret correspondents in the North." Using cell phones that connect to mobile telephone systems in China or South Korea is illegal in North Korean. There is an authorized North Korean mobile phone system, but it is domestic only.
The Chosun Ilbo, 24 Apr 2010: "Kim Sung-min, the president of Radio Free North Korea, said, 'It has become very difficult to talk with our sources in the North recently.' The North seems to believe that defectors' activities could undermine the regime. Defectors' news media are broadcasting inside news on the North nearly in real time thanks to the spread of mobile phones in the North."