Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press in 1996 - North Korea, February 1997, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/47c5650f28.html [accessed 12 December 2013]
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While North Korea remained resolutely closed to the outside world, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) took the unprecedented step of opening an Internet site that offered foreign audiences Pyongyang's unique perspective on world affairs. Using a fast Internet gateway in Japan, the KCNA site appeared aimed at countering international media focus on near-famine conditions in North Korea. The site also depicted labor unrest in Seoul, South Korea, as evidence of solidarity among workers in the two Koreas.