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.