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Users Jeer at North Korean Death-by-Dog Story

Written by Lee Yoo Eun On 7 January 2014 @ 17:47 pm | No Comments

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A major US media outlet, NBC made one of the most sensational international reports [1] which claimed the North Korean young dictator might have had his uncle devoured by 120 ravenous dogs. Unsurprisingly, the report went viral online, but was later found out to be a confusion caused by social media satire [2]. Numerous jeers and jokes have been made about Western media's speculative reports on the world’s most reclusive nations. Ask A Korean blog [3] founder via Twitter (@AskAKorean [4]reminded people of the fake voiceover fiasco [5] back in the spring of 2013 when the inter-Korean tension was dangerously heightened.

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[1] made one of the most sensational international reports: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/03/22156917-kim-jong-uns-executed-uncle-was-eaten-alive-by-120-hungry-dogs-report

[2] found out to be a confusion caused by social media satire: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2014/01/06/north_korea_dog_execution_story_started_as_a_social_media_joke.html

[3] Ask A Korean blog: http://askakorean.blogspot.com

[4] @AskAKorean: https://twitter.com/AskAKorean

[5] reminded people of the fake voiceover fiasco: http://askakorean.blogspot.com/2013/03/north-korean-propaganda-video-shows.html

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