South Korea Ranks Low Among Countries In Believe In The News

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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.

Korea Among World's 10 Fittest Countries
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Korea Among World's 10 Fittest Countries

Korea is the world's eighth-fittest country as measured by walking activity, according to a new global study released this week. Hong Kong came out on top, its residents walking more than any other people in the world.

Researchers at Stanford University in the U.S. studied 693,806 people in 46 countries from July 2013 to December 2014 using a step-counter app installed in their smartphones. They found that people in Hong Kong took an average of 6,880 steps a day.

Chinese ranked second with 6,189 steps, followed by Ukrainians (6,107), Japanese (6,010), Russians (5,969), Spaniards (5,936) and Swedes (5,863). Koreans were in eighth place with an average of 5,755 steps.

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.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is a fan of BTOB's Sungjae?
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South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is a fan of BTOB's Sungjae?

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is apparently a Melody!

Well, probably not. On the 17th, netizens noticed that President Moon's Twitter had pressed 'Like' on an article about BTOB's Sungjae. It's a funny clip about Sungjae imitating other celebrities, and fans found it hilarious that the president had pressed the heart on the tweet.

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However, it was short lived as the tweet was soon un-Liked by President Moon, and most likely it was liked by accident. All the same, it's still something fun that Melody can enjoy.

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.