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Stimmekoreas (from Stimme Koreas, the German translation of "Voice of Korea", formerly known as Radio Pyongyang) is the number one[1] YouTube Channel on the DPRK (North Korea), with over 20,000 subscribers.[2] They also have a Facebook page, which unsurprisingly attracts a fair few trolls in the comments.[3]

It is not the official YouTube channel of the DPRK,[4] and it is believed to be operated by a supporter of the DPRK who lives outside of the country (probably in a German speaking country as the German name seems to imply).[1] It has been referenced by various respectable news organisations in the West.[5][6][7]

Content[edit]

As well as showing the latest state propaganda from the Korean Central News Agency and the Voice of Korea in a variety of languages, Stimmekoreas also produces fun DPRK music (e.g. Death to the US Imperialist Aggressors[8] (that one's a classic), and a rendition of Jingle Bells,[9] produced by the Pochonbo Electronic EnsembleWikipedia's W.svg to really put you in a festive spirit), segments of old North Korean-produced films proclaiming Kim Jong Il to be God, published on YouTube 3 years after his death;[10] clips of the channel owner's trips to North Korea (further confirming they are a non-resident of the DPRK),[11] and also has clips from foreign outlets regarding the country, including RT news,[12] a selection of clips from a 2004 Dutch Documentary called North Korea: A Day in the Life,[13][14] and clips from Proletarian TV (official YouTube Channel of the CPGB(M-L)).[15]

Copyright[edit]

Stimmekoreas has been taken down by another DPRK-supporting channel called DPRKMusicChannel (which now no longer exists)[16][17] as being an enemy of the state on copyright infringement laws. DPRKMusicChannel then took to Facebook to apologise to Stimmekoreas for their "pathetic actions" and begged not to be executed.[1]

Kim Jong Un's uncopyrighted Disney performance, which was documented in full on Stimmekoreas from state media, received criticism in the West.[18]

On 8 September 2017, Stimmekoreas along with other North Korean propaganda channels was shut down by YouTube due violating the site's community guidelines. This move was criticized by academics as they use the footage to study the progress on North Korea's missile program (they show footage of the missiles) and study the propaganda to understand the methods that North Korea uses to brainwash its citizens.[19]

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 YouTube terminates most popular North Korean channel, North Korea Tech.
  2. Stimmekoreas' YT Channel. As of 28 September 2015, its subscriber count is 21,216.
  3. "Stimmekoreas — Voiceofkorea". facebook.com. Retrieved on 28 September 2015.
  4. UriminzokkiriWikipedia's W.svg is the name of North Korea's official YouTube propaganda channel.
  5. "North Korean floods wreak severe damage – video". the Guardian. Retrieved on 28 September 2015.
  6. "North Korean State TV Blames America - Business Insider". Business Insider. 12 February 2013. Retrieved on 28 September 2015.
  7. Denver Nicks. "Kim Jong Un Wants You to Think He’s a Pilot". TIME.com. Retrieved on 28 September 2015.
  8. "North Korean Song - "Death to the US imperialist aggressors" 죽음을 미제침략자들에게". YouTube. 4 February 2015. Retrieved on 28 September 2015.
  9. "North Korean version of "Jingle Bells" - Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble". YouTube. 11 December 2012. Retrieved on 28 September 2015.
  10. The lyrics say: "We rely living on General as our god. … All our nation rely on him. All the world hope the future from him," according to the translation on-screen. This is most likely inaccurate, but nevertheless promoted by this channel.
    Kim Jong Il is our God! — North Korean movie scene. Film is called "Marathon Runner", if you're interested.
  11. "My Tour 2014". youtube.com. Retrieved on 28 September 2015.
  12. "North Korea supporters protest outside of South Korean embassy in UK". YouTube. 31 March 2015. Retrieved on 28 September 2015.
  13. "Google". google.co.uk. Retrieved on 28 September 2015.
  14. Clips: [1], [2], [3], [4]. Part 3 appears to be missing – is this DPRKMusicChannel's revenge?
  15. "North Korean Ambassador in UK, Hyon Hak Bong, on current Situation". YouTube. 15 April 2013. Retrieved on 28 September 2015.
  16. "This channel does not exist."
  17. *evil cackling Kim Jong Un noises*
  18. 'Mystery Woman' And Disney Ripoffs: Latest News About North Korea's Leader, NPR.
  19. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/08/youtube-north-korea-propaganda-terminated