Is North Korea Re-Writing History? They Just Deleted 99% of Their News Archives

Earlier today, nearly 35,000 articles vanished from the official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) website, erasing roughly 99% of the agency’s news archives.

The website of Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the ruling Workers’ Party, mysteriously purged around 20,000 articles as well.

Kim Jong-un at a recent ceremony

The archives of the KCNA’s website now only go back as far as October, except for a few flattering articles about the country’s “Supreme Ruler” Kim Jong-un with titles like, “Kim Jong-un Sends Congratulatory Message to Youth”.

Notably included in the purged news were articles about the death of Kim Jong-un’s father Kim Jong-il, who was Supreme Ruler until his death in December of 2011.

North Koreans mourn the loss of Kim Jong-il in November 2011

The move draws an obvious comparison to the work of the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s famous dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

This is the latest in a long line of insane moves by the country’s leaders; just over a month ago, the government had 80 people publicly executed for watching foreign programs like “Desperate Housewives”.

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