Minitrue: Meat Soup in North Korea
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
State Council Information Office: All websites are asked to immediately delete the article “North Korean Defector Says Average Person Can Have Meat Soup Once a Month.” (March 19, 2014)
The article, which appeared this morning on the People’s Daily overseas Chinese-language website Haiwai Wang (海外網), opens with North Korean defector Park Ju-hui describing improvements to middle class life in his hometown of Hyesan since the famine of the 1990s. “Seven out of ten households have a color TV. The average person can have meat soup once a month… The quality of life has really improved” (10戶里有7戶裝了彩電，普通人一個月能吃上一次肉湯……生活質量有了很大提高).
The report is still available on Tencent [zh] as of this posting, but has already been removed from Haiwai Wang and NetEase.
Read the original article on CDT Chinese [zh].
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