Defectors set up ”Free North Korea” internet radio

1. “Free North Korea” internet radio station 2. Radio news caster, North Korean defector, in a studio recording 3. Pan from computer screen showing voice recording bars to voice editing machine 4. Computer screen 5. Woman working on computer 6. Computer monitor showing “Radio Free Korea” website 7. SOUNDBITE (Korean) Kim Sung Min, head of Free North Korea: “The purpose of broadcasting our radio programme is to give some South Koreans, whose tendency is pro-North Korea and anti-US, the truth of North Korea. Also we launched this radio station to teach North Koreans that South Korea is not hunger-stricken society, but a very prosperous and democratic country where even a president can be impeached.” 8. Pan from studio window to announcers 9. Announcer 10. Close up of script 11. Announcers 12. Book shelves 13. Close up of books about North Korea 14. Close up of music CDs 15. Reflection of announcer on the studio window 16. Close up of a frame with sign reading “Toward Freedom!, Democracy!, Unification!” STORYLINE: A group of North Korean defectors launched an Internet radio Web site on Tuesday, 20 April, hoping it will become a potent weapon in overthrowing the hardline communist regime they fled. The “Free North Korea” radio network represents the growing voice of thousands of North Koreans who have escaped but only recently begun to organise and speak out against North Korean leader Kim Jong Il”s totalitarian state. Free North Korea is the defectors” own slap at Pyongyang, which has bristled at what it calls a United States-masterminded “invasion” of outside radio signals beamed across its tightly sealed borders. In a statement posted on its Web site, the station said it aims at undermining the personality cult of Kim and “precipitating the collapse of the North Korean regime by instigating unrest.” Head of Free North Korea, Kim Sung Min said on Friday that he hoped North Korea would be able to know the truth of the outside world through his internet radio, especially that South Korea is “prosperous and democratic” society. Free North Korea will make a live, one-hour Internet broadcast daily at 8 p.m. (1100 GMT), beginning on Tuesday. People will be able to log onto their Web site anytime to listen to previous dispatches. The radio acknowledges its impact will initially be limited, with few ordinary people in isolated North Korea having computers or access to the Internet. But it says its role will grow because the North is reportedly installing more computers as part of its economic reforms. Free North Korea also hopes to win a South Korean shortwave license so it can broadcast over the airwaves directly into the North. Control of information buttresses Pyongyang”s rule of the hunger-stricken nation of 22 (m) million people. All radio sets in the North come with prefixed channels that receive only government signals brimming with propaganda. Human rights activists have tried to send thousands of tiny, solar-powered radios into North Korea so people can listen to foreign stations, such as Washington-based Radio Free Asia or Voice of America. Pyongyang regularly rails at those stations, calling them tools of American “psychological warfare” aimed at overthrowing the Pyongyang government. You can license this story through AP Archive: Find out more about AP Archive:

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