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Radio waves sneak news into North Korea

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>> It's well after midnight and Kim Cho Sung is launching an assault on Peu Yong through the airwaves>>
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> Kim is a North Korean defector living in the South. His radio show, Hello from Seoul, mixes Christian preaching with criticism of the family dynasty that's ruled the North for three generations.
00:00:22
Reuter's Julian Pock says, that radio programs like this are the easiest way for North Koreans to hear from the other side.>> They touch on some things that North Koreans can't realize while living with 24-hour state propaganda. Such as South Korea having a lot of cherry blossoms in spring as opposed to the barren lands in North Korea.
00:00:46
Or, South Korea has free elections, while North Koreans must elect only one person, Kim Jong-un, unless they want to go to political prisons. North Koreans who have listened to radio inside North Korea told me that it was an eye opening experience to them, making them addicted. They feel like they want to keep listening.
00:01:07
>> North Korea has virtually set its people off from the outside world, banning the use of radios that can be tuned. Defectors report that people are getting around controls by secretly listening to radio sets either illegally adjusted or smuggled in from China. Seoul has made large scale efforts to breach the information barrier occasionally blaring propaganda from huge speakers set up along the border.
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But experts say that its radio airwaves that are reaching the masses, up to 30% of the population by one estimation. Back in the Hello From Seoul studio, Kim explains what he hopes his audience will take away after they switch off the dial.>> I am not saying everything is bad in North Korea, I'm saying that the government should truly work for its people, the way it claims to do.