Kim Jong Il reportedly fires top TV official over 'capitalist' ads

Kim Jong Il reportedly f

November 8, 2009 10:24


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


North Korea's Kim Jong Il recently fired his top TV official for airing a series of advertisements, apparently out of concern that the commercials represented too much influence of capitalism, a news report said Sunday. Since early July, the North's state TV had aired rare advertisements on beer, hairpins, ginseng and quail meat in what appeared to the country's first such commercials, sparking speculation that the country might launch broader market reforms. Leader Kim, however, was angered when watching the advertisements recently, saying that "Such commercials are what China did when it started its reforms and openness," according to Yonhap news agency. Yonhap, citing sources it said are privy to North Korea affairs, said that Kim subsequently fired Cha Sung Su, head of a government committee in charge of state-run television.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Breaking news
November 13, 2018
Amazon to announce cities to build 'HQ2'