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Media and Sovereignty.

November 12th, 2010 · 2 Comments
Media & Sovereignty Report - Assignment # 2

In Ch. 36, “Media and Sovereignty: The Global Information Revolution and its Challenge to State Power” by Monroe Price. Price discussed the relationship between media and sovereignty . He discussed how power technology has became over the past few decades and how media would influence a nation’s power. I believe that both the state and its population can benefit out of media. However it greatly depend on which country it is. North Korea is a great example on how a state would use technology to maintain its sovereignty and control over citizens.

North Korea, also known as Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a sovereign nation. DPRK has been claim to be the country with the worse human rights record of any country. DPRK ‘s government tend to be very secretive and the country itself is very isolated from the world. DPRK is a state-owned economy, almost everything is government-planned. North Korea’s media is one of the most strict government control in the world. Although North Korea provides freedom of speech and the press in their constitution, the government prohibits any expression that oppose the government and the worker’s party of Korea. No private press exists in North Korea. Economic and political problems, criticism of form of government from outside are prohibited for broadcast. The media typically report Kim Jong-il’s daily activities. Kim Jong-il. is the de facto leader of the DPRK. Kim Jong-il is refer as the “Supreme Leader” base on North Korea’s constitution. The Constitution states that the role of the press is to “ “serve the aims of strengthening the dictatorship of the proletiat, bolstering the political unity and ideological conformity of the people and rallying them behind the Party and the Great Leader in the cause of revolution.” North Koreans aren’t allow to read any foreign media and would be punish for doing so. The government uses the media to portray its country positively. The media is used to promote contrasting domestic and international motives. Most of the Korean population do not have access to the internet. Radio and TV sets are all tuned to government stations and radios must be checked and registered. It only has 12 main newspaper and 20 major periodicals. All in all, North Korea’s Media often manipulate the press to characterize type of images of North Korea to its allies and foes.

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  • 1    gpolanco // Nov 16, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Media & Sovereignty Report – Assignment # 2
    From the beginning of time medias such as radio have been utilized by the government to hold power over its domain. With so many different types of media and all them changing it has become more and more difficult for the government to have a hold on media. Now the government has to battle media because media isn’t controlled by government anymore. This makes the government grow more powerless everyday. Media outlets have always impacted the world and have always created a reaction from the government. I believe that Internet has given the biggest effect of all to the government. The internet gives you information at instant speeds and it holds almost all desirable information anyone can ask for. It has become difficult for the government to withhold information from its people. But the government as history shows will always try to take back its control of its people. They do this by trying to control the information that is given to the public. They put certain filters on what their people can see. According to Monroe E. Price in 1997 India passed a Broadcast bill that made sure that any satellite/terrestrial/licensee didn’t broadcast any material that would offend against good taste or decency. They then went into more detail and included anything that would likely encourage or incite to crime or to lead to disorder or to be offensive to public feeling. India censors all types of media. They also block anything that offends religious views and beliefs. I believe that everyone should have the right to watch/listen to any type of media that they chose to. But sometimes censorship by the government isn’t a horrible thing to do. In a way they are protecting there states people. It would be more acceptable if the government would use this power for good. But the only reason government want to control media is because they want to control the people and manipulate them to do whatever they see fit.

  • 2    Prof. Hala // Nov 17, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Good report. North Korea is an important case, perhaps the most controlled media in the world, as your description shows.

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