Defector To South Korea And Celebrity Im Ji Hyun Reappears On North Korean Broadcast

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Defector to South Korea and Celebrity, Im Ji-hyun, Reappears on North Korean Broadcast
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Defector to South Korea and Celebrity, Im Ji-hyun, Reappears on North Korean Broadcast

The media is a dangerous playground for those choosing to enter its grasp. As fans of K-pop, we are familiar with how manipulative the media can be in influencing an objective point of view. Scandals are rampant in the news, and truths are often perverted out of shape. The idols we love to watch are often performing an ideal public image and we barely get to see their true selves.

Even with these supposedly frivolous entertainment news, we are faced with the complexities of media construction. When international politics gets thrown into the mix, we see how the world of entertainment and the media have far more puppeteers pulling the strings than are visible onscreen.

North Korean defector who became a celebrity in South Korea returns to North Korea
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North Korean defector who became a celebrity in South Korea returns to North Korea

According to an exclusive by Joongang Ilbo, on July 16, a former defector of North Korea appeared on a North Korean propaganda media called 'Our Nation'. This individual used to go by the name of Im Ji Hyun back in South Korea and was a celebrity, starring on a show called 'South and North Korean Women' (clip below). On the North Korean propaganda show, she is now referred to as Jeon Hye Sung. When she used to go by Im Ji Hyun back in South Korea, she introduced herself as someone who used to be in the People's Forces Command in North Korea. But also spoke about the things she and many had to do while in North Korea.

North Korean soldier crosses border and surrenders after hearing about life in South Korea
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North Korean soldier crosses border and surrenders after hearing about life in South Korea

A North Korean soldier crossed over to South Korea after hearing about the life beyond the border.

On June 13, a North Korean soldier in his early 20s was caught crossing the MDL orMilitary Demarcation Line in Yeoncheon. The soldier, who is 175cm (5'7") in height and 52kg (114lbs) in weight, was identified to be a North Korean border patrol.

The soldier immediately raised his hands in the air and expressed his wish to surrender when spotted by the South Korean soldiers. He explained his strong wish to cross over to South Korea, and later further explained that his desires to do so grew stronger after listening to the stories by North Korean defectors aired through the South Korean loudspeaker broadcast aimed at the North.

North Korean defector Im Ji Hyun did not return to the North on her own will but was kidnapped?
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North Korean defector Im Ji Hyun did not return to the North on her own will but was kidnapped?

Im Ji Hyun (26) might not have returned to North Korea on her own will.

The North Korean defector, who has become a TV personality in South Korea, recently returned to the Northand appeared on a North Korean government-run propaganda website.

In the recorded interview shared on the propaganda clip, Im Ji Hyun talked aboutthe struggles she faced in the South and explained she always wanted to return to North Korea. She also emphasized thatit was her own will and choice to travel back to themotherland.

[★BREAKING] South Korea fires warning shots at unidentified object from North Korea
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[★BREAKING] South Korea fires warning shots at unidentified object from North Korea

South Korean troops fired at an unidentified object coming from North Korea, across the DMZ.

Image Source: U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sheila deVera

The object was detected at around 4 PM, coming in from North Korea and across the DMZ border where Korean soldiers are positioned.

Image Source: Business Insider

The South Korean military fired more than 90 K-3 machine gun rounds at the object.

The object has yet to be identified, but sources reveal it may have been a drone.