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Opacity, Appetite for Salacious Stories Hamper North Korea Coverage

Reporting on developments inside secretive North Korea can often become a guessing game in which some news organizations repeat salacious details that portray leader Kim Jong Un as ruthless and unhinged because there is great worldwide interest in it. The problem, as we were reminded this week, is most reports rely on anonymous sources that are not always reliable and may have an agenda of their own. Citing an unnamed source, Korea Joongang Daily, a South Korean newspaper, wrongly...

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