Bridging Borders: Lessons from Cuba and Myanmar for North Korea’s underground media (국경의 연결: 북한의 미디어 지하로를 위한 쿠바와 미얀마의 경험)
While independent media continues to develop in Cuba and Myanmar, North Korea’s underground media, though changing rapidly, still has quite a bit of catching up to do. Unification Media Group is proud to announce our July 20 conference, “Bridging Borders,” which will explore ways in which we can learn firsthand from independent media actors in both Cuba and Myanmar about their activities over the course of recent political and economic transitions. Media activists from both of these countries will highlight their achievements and examine the ongoing struggle against state control. Ultimately, their efforts will be put into the context of North Korea, helping those in the community in South Korea devise better strategies for information dissemination. By bringing innovative thinking from other areas of the world, we hope to kickstart innovative ideas to bring the people of North Korea even greater access to the world of information outside their borders.
북한 내부의 정보 접근성과 다양성은 하루하루 변화하고 있습니다. 다만 민간 정보유입활동은 10년 차에 접어들었고 김정은 정권의 정보 통제가 이전 정권보다 더 엄격하게 이뤄지고 있다는 점에서 지금까지의 활동 방식에 대한 개선 지점을 검토하고 개선 방안을 논의하는 것이 필요합니다.
북한과 유사한 억압적인 언론 환경 속에서 활동하는 쿠바와 미얀마의 정보자유화 단체의 경험과 사례를 공유해 새로운 북한정보유입 방법을 고민하는 ‘국경의 연결’에 초대합니다.
멀지만 함께하는 활동가들의 혁신적인 사례를 통해 새로운 아이디어를 공유하고 논의하는 이 자리에 많은 참여와 관심 부탁드립니다.
Below is the schedule of events:
13:00 | Registration
13:30 | Opening Remarks from Lee Jung Hoon, Ambassador for Human Rights, Republic of Korea
( 격력자: 이정훈 신임 북한인권국제협력대사)
13:40 | Keynote Address from Lee Gwang Baek, Director of Unification Media Group
(기조연설: 이광백 국민통일방송 대표)
13:50 | North Korean Media Environment – Nat Kretchun, Deputy Director for Open Technology Fund
넷 크레친 (오픈 테크놀로지 펀드 사무차장)
14:20 | Speakers from Cuba
Pablo Diaz, Diario del Cuba
파블로 디아즈 (디아리오 델 쿠바 편집장)
Rafael Duval, CubaNet
라파이엘 두발 (쿠바넷 기술연구소장)
Salvi Pascual, Apretaste
살비 파스칼 (아프리타스테 사무총장)
Sokeel Park (Director of Research and Strategy at LINK)
박석길 (링크 정보전략부장)
Kim Seung Chul (President of North Korea Reform Radio)
김승철 (북한개혁방송 대표)
16:10 | Speakers from Myanmar
(미얀마 세션) :
Khin Maung Win, Democratic Voice of Burma
킨 마우 윈 (버마민주화의 목소리(DVB) 사무차장)
Nai Kasuah Mon, HURFOM
나이 카사우 몬 (몬핸드 인권 재단 창립자)
Kang Shin Sam (Co-Head of International Solidarity for Freedom of Information in North Korea [ISFINK])
강신삼 (북한정보자유국제연대 공동대표)
Kim Myung Jun (Professor of Communications at Sogang University)
김명준 (서강대 커뮤니케이션학부 전임교수)
17:20 | Q&A
Tribute to the Sewol Ferry, which capsized in 2013. This disaster resulted in the deaths of 304 passengers and crew members, many of them students. The salvaged wreck was towed to the port of Mokpo the final week of March, 2017. [Cartoon published in the Korea Herald, 3.29.2017]
SOUNDSTAGE cartoonist Gregory Pence was invited by TBS eFM Koreascape to discuss his graphic novel project. Special thanks to the program’s host, Kurt Achin. Listen in here: https://player.fm/series/tbs-efm-koreascape-1271022/0216-people-in-seoul-with-gregory-pence.
© Gregory Pence, SOUNDSTAGE COMICS
A thoughtful examination of the events surrounding the Choi Soon-Sil/Park Geun-Hye scandal is available here. Two very positive outcomes resulting from this unseemly affair are the political awakening of South Korean teenagers, and the validation of peaceful demonstrations occurring nationwide. Hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of protesters have effected substantive change to a status quo oftentimes characterized by lack of accountability for powerful elites. Choi’s arrest preceded President Park’s impeachment, but both women continue to flatly deny accusations of pervasive collusion and corruption following tearful apologies to citizens. [Cartoon published in the Korea Herald, 1.29.2016]
© Gregory Pence, SOUNDSTAGE COMICS