Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un showed his potential from brutality, executing his second in command in what’s thought to be a political purge in Pyongyang. Adding to the viciousness of the killing is the fact that the executed man, Jang Song Thaek, was also his uncle and mentor in government after he took over after Kim Jong Il’s death two years ago.
North Korea’s state run English-language news site, KCNA, didn’t waste any time branding Jang Song Thaek a traitor and even worse, writing: “despicable human scum Jang, who was worse than a dog, perpetrated thrice-cursed acts of treachery in betrayal of such profound trust and warmest paternal love shown by the party and the leader for him.”
Now North Korean media are going one step further and erasing Thaek’s existence in their news archives. Here’s how they’re going about it, via the Guardian.
North Korea’s state media have erased almost their entire online archives since the execution of Kim Jong-un's uncle Jang Song-thaek. The removal of tens of thousands of articles is the largest deletion ever carried out by the official KCNA news agency and the Rodong Sinmun newspaper. Several reports mentioning Jang had already been edited to remove references to him and other aides, and footage had been cut so that it no longer included him. But subsequently all articles from before October 2013 appeared to been removed from KCNA's North Korea-hosted site. It is unclear whether they will be reposted at some point or have disappeared for good.
TODAY IN SLATE
Scalia’s Liberal Streak
The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.
Colorado Is Ground Zero for the Fight Over Female Voters
There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?
The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”
The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B
Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey
No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.
The Other Huxtable Effect
Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.