About

KCNA Watch, originally conceived and developed by Frank Feinstein, is a simple interface for accessing and searching official North Korean media output in one convenient place.

Because North Korea’s official news websites regularly go offline – either due to being attacked by hackers or because of low quality DPRK IT infrastructure, they are normally unreliable for most research use.

In addition, official DPRK websites have poor or non-existent search functionality, making them extremely cumbersome to find relevant archive material.

Most importantly, since the purge of Jang Song Thaek in 2013, DPRK propagandists have also been deleting or revising their own material at unprecedented levels, meaning no open-source records exist of previous DPRK propaganda output.

KCNA Watch solves all three of these problems, providing users with the largest, universally searchable open-source directory of DPRK propaganda material in the world.