Freedom of the Press

North Korea

North Korea

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Not Free

Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


All information is tightly controlled. Citizens are subjected to severe indoctrination through the mass media. At work and elsewhere, they receive an onslaught of propaganda from radio and television, which receive only pre-tuned government stations. Citizens may be sent for "corrective labor" or executed for criticizing the regime of Kim Jong Il. Few foreign journalists are accredited, and foreign broadcasts are prohibited for all but the elite. People have neither the right nor the technical ability to access the Internet. However, a Chinese news agency reported that the government has created a national Intranet network.