North Korea will search homes to find and destroy contraband music
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pushing for stronger crack downs on banned music, including popular songs from movies produced inside the country. A new list of banned songs also includes the order to distroy any recordings in their physical forms. Local propaganda officers are going through peoples homes to find music and incinerate it.
Though the purpose of the purge seems to be to prevent music from stirring up dissent, the government's actions are having the opposite affect. “Recently, this [decree] has even led to fights between residents and [propaganda authorities],” a source within the country told The Guardian. “Some women have gotten so angry that they’ve stormed into the local propaganda offices complaining that they [authorities] incinerated their goods without even telling them.”
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