These Guys Are Using Balloons To Sneak ‘The Interview’ Into North Korea
Despite death threats from North Korea, a U.S. human rights group says it will continue its plan to balloon 100,000 copies of “The Interview” into the despotic country.
The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) has partnered with Park Sang Hak, a Seoul based defector in the airdrop campaign. North Korea threatened the defector, saying he will “pay for his crimes in blood,” and that the country could end the dialogue with South Korea if the airdrops don’t stop, HRF said in a press release.
HRF says the threats will not deter them.
The group made news for organizing a “Hack Them Back” campaign to retaliate for North Korea’s November 2014 hacking of Sony over “The Interview,” a movie about the assassination of Kim Jong-Un that drew outrage from North Korea’s leaders.
The HRF project uses balloons to airdrop “The Interview,” “Team America,” “Braveheart,” “The Titanic,” “Freedom Fury,” and other movies into North Korea.
HRF airdrops will also include leaflets, transistor radios, flash drives, DVD players, and cultural artifacts. Their fundraising page has raised over $50,000 since it started in December.
HRF said activists already dropped 600,000 anti-Kim leaflets earlier this month.
North Koreans are extremely poor, shut off from contact from the outside world, and bombarded with propaganda favoring the country’s dictator Kim Jong-Un.
“Kim Jong Un’s regime, displaying the hallmarks of narcissism and psychopathy, threatens activists with death and tries to bully the international community by saying that it will halt dialogue unless these balloons are stopped,” HRF President Thor Halvorssen said in the release. “We are an independent civil society organization made up of individuals devoted to nonviolence, education and the defense of human rights, especially freedom of speech and assembly. These rights are non-negotiable.”
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