It looks like Trump’s efforts in North Korea are already paying off. Anti-American propaganda that is normally plentiful is beginning to disappear from public view.
BBC News reports:
North Korean propaganda changes its tune
Banners and posters displayed across the capital and other towns have typically featured the US as a brutal imperialist aggressor and South Korea or Japan as Washington’s willing allies.
But visitors to the country say they’ve seen those posters replaced by propaganda pushing economic progress and the inter-Korean rapprochement.
Leading newspapers in the tightly controlled country have also seen a shift in tone, a sign the country is starting to reflect its recent diplomatic thaw to the people.
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The vast majority of North Koreans have very little access to information, so state media and propaganda have a far greater impact than elsewhere in the world…
In place of the aggressive rhetoric, there is now a focus on more positive messages, praising the Panmunjom Declaration signed at the inter-Korean summit, for example.
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“All the anti-American posters I usually see around Kim Il-sung Square and at shops, they’ve all just gone,” Rowan Beard, a tour manager at Young Pioneer Tours, told the Reuters news agency.
“In five years working in North Korea, I’ve never seen them completely disappear before.”
Street level North Korean messaging:
1) Disappearance of anti-American propaganda posters from city walls: https://t.co/ns9x3qh7RA
2) New post-April 27 summit inter-Korean posters: https://t.co/9LaqzGCzUC
3) Economic slogans aplenty at ground level: https://t.co/HcfXde974S
— Hamish Macdonald (@hmacd1) June 20, 2018
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