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The $50 device that symbolizes a shift in North Korea

 Reuters 30 March 2019

North Korea is one of the world’s most repressed societies, but a $50 portable media player is breaking down barriers to the outside world. Up to half of all urban North Korean households have an easily concealed ‘notel’, a small portable media player used to watch DVDs of South Korean soaps, pop music, Hollywood films and news programs. “If Pyongyang fails to successfully adapt to these trends, they could threaten the long-term survival of the regime itself,” said Sokeel Park of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK). (789 Words) - By James Pearson

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance at the construction site of the Kumsanpho Pickled Fish Processing Factory and the Kumsanpho Fishery Station in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang March 27, 2019.Photo: Reuters/Korean Central News Agency

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A Chinese-made portable media player, which North Koreans call "Notel", is pictured in this photo illustration in Seoul March 25, 2019. The $50 portable media player is providing many North Koreans a window to the outside world despite the government's efforts to keep its people isolated - a symbol of change in one of the world's most repressed societies.Photo: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

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