Dear Leader: We almost won! North Korea plays against state censorship

by Nick Aveling, National Post, 15 June, 2010

North Korea will face Brazil on June 15 in their first Group G 2010 World Cup football tournament match in South Africa (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

The North Koreans are bound to suffer a questionable defeat on Tuesday due to unforeseeable circumstances and unbelievably bad luck — but their exploits will shine for all ages thanks to their valiant hearts, which beat in tune with the Dear Leader’s.

Either that or the North Korean media won’t report at all on the game against perennial World Cup favourite Brazil, say observers.

“All of the media is censored in North Korea, so a serious defeat is not going to be taken very kindly,” said Erich Weingartner, who distributed food aid from Pyongyang in the late 1990s, becoming the first Canadian to achieve resident status in North Korea. Read the rest of this entry »

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