Most people would agree North Korea isn’t a very nice place to live. But a new problem has emerged as more defectors make it out of the country — their testimonies have been found to be faked:
“In January, the DPRK government released a video claiming to show Shin’s father denouncing his son’s stories as fake. When questioned, Shin confessed that parts of his account were also inaccurate, including sections on his time in Camp 14, the infamous labour camp for political prisoners, and the age at which he was tortured.
Shin is not alone in being found to have inaccurate. [sic] Another North Korean, Lee Soon-ok, offered testimony to the US House of Representatives in 2004, describing torture and the killing of Christians in hot iron liquid in a North Korean political prison.
But Lee’s testimony was challenged by Chang In-suk, then head of the North Korean Defectors’ Association in Seoul, who claimed to know first hand that Lee had never been a political prisoner. Many former DPRK citizens on the website NKnet agreed Lee’s accounts were unlikely to be true.”
Part of the problem? Western interviewers pay cash for stories from new defectors, probably dealing with a ton of issues adjusting to life in a new country, that fit a very specific narrative. And the more horrific, the better: