Drones Bring Flash Drives With Western Movies To North Korea

Propaganda by other means

Hexacopter

Hexacopter

One like this, but not this, may have delivered to memory cards to North Korea.Adrian Michael, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

Activists say their drones delivered thousands of memory cards to North Korea. The totalitarian communist Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea, long isolated from the rest of the world, tightly controls what media people inside the country can access. For decades, human rights activists and others have tried to get messages into the country, which is difficult because of the the heavily fortified demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.

From CNN:

Using such drones has long been discussed among North Korean activists, but it's the first time a group acknowledged that it had been secretly using them to make deliveries to North Korea. "I put great hope in these sticks," said Jung [Gwang-il, founder of the group No Chain], holding up a USB flash drive as he spoke at the Oslo Freedom Forum on Wednesday. "I believe this has power to bring freedom to my country."

The activists, together with the Human Rights Foundation, used hexacopter drones, and claim to have done so since early 2015. On the flash drives are "Western and South Korean films, TV shows, music and internet-free access to Wikipedia," according to CNN. Drones are just the latest incarnation. Balloons have carried leaflets and other media into North Korea for decades.