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.
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.
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”.