North Korea news websites erase articles: media tracker
December 18, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
SEOUL--North Korea's state news outlets have erased tens of thousands of articles archived on their websites, following the execution of leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, according to a watchdog site.
About 35,000 articles have disappeared from the website of the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), as well as 65,000 articles in Spanish, English, Chinese and Japanese, according to Frank Feinstein, an analyst who tracks the North's online media for U.S.-based website NK News.
About 20,000 articles were also removed from the archives of the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea's Workers' Party, it said.
Currently, the digital record of state-approved news only reaches back to October 2013 on KCNA's website.
It was not clear if the deletion was permanent, but the move followed the purge and execution last week of Kim's uncle and one-time political mentor, Jang Song Thaek.
The South's Yonhap news agency had previously reported that Jang was edited out of a re-run of a documentary film aired on the North's main television channel.