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[Exclusive] Original text of North Korea’s ‘Act on Rejecting Reactionary Ideology and Culture’ obtained

▲Articles 6-10 of the North Korean Reactionary Ideology and Culture Rejection Act. Photo = NK Times

Recently, NK Times obtained the ‘Act on Rejecting Reactionary Ideology and Culture’, which stipulates that North Koreans who watch, copy, or distribute South Korean dramas or movies will be subject to capital punishment, up to the death penalty.

The full text of this law, enacted in December 2020, was made public by the South Korean human rights group ‘People Creating Successful Unification’ at a seminar held at the UN office in Geneva.

However, this is the first time that the original text from North Korea has been made public.

The following is the full text of the ‘Act on Rejecting SuccessfulIdeology and Culture’ obtained by NK Times.

▲ Act on Rejecting Reactionary Ideology and Culture (Full Text)

Chapter 1 Basics of the Act on Rejecting Reactionary Ideology and Culture

Article 1 (Mission of the Act on Rejecting Reactionary Ideology and Culture)

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Law on Rejecting Reactionary Ideology and Culture contributes to strengthening our ideological, revolutionary, and class positions by vigorously waging a struggle to prevent the introduction and spread of reactionary ideological and anti-socialist ideological and culture.

Article 2 (Definition)

Reactionary ideological culture is the rotten ideological culture of hostile forces, including puppet publications that paralyze the revolutionary ideological consciousness and class consciousness of the people and degenerate and corrupt society, and all kinds of unhealthy and exotic ideological cultures that are not our style.

Article 3 (Basic principles of rejecting reactionary ideology and culture)

Rejecting reactionary ideological culture is an essential requirement for adhering to socialist ideology and firmly protecting the socialist system from the ideological and cultural infiltration of enemies who seek to destroy our system.

The state strictly establishes revolutionary systems and orders in all sectors and at all units to firmly suppress and check anti-socialist and non-socialist acts such as importing, viewing, and disseminating reactionary published propaganda materials.

Article 4 (Principles for establishing a revolutionary business ethos and revolutionary lifestyle)

Establishing a revolutionary business ethos and a revolutionary lifestyle is a fundamental way to prevent the invasion of reactionary ideological culture.

Article 5 (Principles of strengthening liberal arts projects)

Strengthening ideological education is a fundamental guarantee for destroying reactionary and anti-socialist ideological culture.

In a situation where the enemy’s ideological and cultural infiltration plans are becoming more cunning and vicious day by day, the state further strengthens the ideological education of the people to prevent them from being influenced by reactionary ideological culture.

Article 6 (Principle of mass struggle)

It is an important policy demand of the country to wage an all-out confrontational war at high intensity to crush the culture of reactionary ideology.

The state will vigorously wage a mass-wide movement to eliminate the introduction, viewing, and dissemination of reactionary ideology and culture, and firmly protect our ideology, our spirit, and our culture.

Article 7 (Principles of punishment for violators of the order of rejection of reactionary ideology and culture)

The state shall impose severe legal sanctions, up to capital punishment, depending on the severity, on anyone who commits the act of introducing, viewing, or disseminating reactionary ideological culture, regardless of the class or reason of the person.

Chapter 2 Blocking the inflow of reactionary ideological culture

Article 8 (Basic requirements for blocking the inflow of reactionary ideology and culture)

Blocking the inflow of reactionary ideological culture is the first step in the struggle to destroy reactionary ideological culture.

Institutions, enterprises, organizations and citizens must completely block the channels and sources through which reactionary ideological culture can enter and be strictly guarded against even the smallest elements to prevent reactionary ideological culture from invading us.

Article 9 (Blocking inflow through borders)

Border inspection agencies and border security departments, including customs, must strictly inspect personnel and goods and completely block spaces where reactionary ideology and culture can enter from other countries or enemy areas to fundamentally block the infiltration of reactionary ideology and culture.

Article 10 (Blocking of inflow through published propaganda)

The relevant organization must strictly supervise and control publications containing decadent, exotic, and impure content to prevent them from leaking into our country.

Article 11 (Blocking inflow through external business space)

External business organizations and relevant organizations must ensure that foreigners do not bring in or distribute impure published propaganda materials while conducting external activities such as inviting, receiving, and meeting delegations from other countries.

Article 12 (Blocking of radio waves and inflow through the Internet)

The Central Information Industry Guidance Agency and relevant agencies must strengthen control and surveillance over the fixing of TV and radio channels and the use of electronic and radio equipment with Internet transmission functions to block the inflow of reactionary ideological culture through radio waves and the Internet. .

Article 13 (Blocking of inflow through landfill)

Relevant legal institutions, institutions, enterprises, and organizations must establish an orderly surveillance and crowd reporting system for enemy objects and handle them correctly to crush the ideological and cultural infiltration of enemies through enemy objects.

Article 14 (Obligations of Citizens)

Citizens must not bring in or receive impure propaganda material or electronic equipment during overseas business trips, private travel, or contact with foreigners or overseas compatriots.

Original text of the ‘Law on Rejecting Reactionary Ideology and Culture’ enacted by North Korea in December 2020. / Source: Provided by internal sources

Chapter 3 Prohibition of viewing and distribution of reactionary ideological culture

Article 15 (Basic requirement to prohibit viewing and dissemination of reactionary ideological culture)

Prohibiting the viewing and dissemination of reactionary ideological culture is an important demand to maintain our nation’s ideological and cultural integrity.

Institutions, enterprises, organizations and citizens must never watch, distribute or reproduce reactionary ideological culture.

Article 16 (Prohibition of viewing and distribution through computers and storage media)

Institutions, enterprises, organizations and citizens must not use computers and storage media to view or distribute impure published propaganda to others.

Article 17 (Prohibition of viewing or distributing on TV or radio)

Institutions, enterprises, organizations and citizens must not fix or unfix TV and radio channels to watch impure published propaganda or distribute it to others.

▲Articles 17-23 of the Act on Rejecting Reactive Ideology and Culture. Photo = Provided by sources inside North Korea.

Article 18 (Prohibition of distribution through copiers and printers)

Institutions, enterprises, organizations and citizens must strictly follow the rules for using copiers and printing presses and must not use them to copy or print impure published propaganda materials.

Article 19 (Prohibition of viewing or distribution through mobile phones)

Institutions, enterprises, organizations and citizens must not use mobile phones of other countries and must not use mobile phones to view or distribute impure published propaganda to others.

Article 20 (Prohibition of viewing or distributing through stolen or found property)

Institutions, enterprises, organizations and citizens must not store, view, use or distribute to others any acquired material containing inappropriate or impure content without dedicating it to the relevant institution.

Article 21 (Prohibition of distribution through various volunteer activities)

Institutions, enterprises, organizations, and citizens must not sell articles containing impure content, including puppet writings, pictures, and trademarks, and must not engage in acts of service by creating decadent and exotic compilations.

Article 22 (Prohibition of viewing and distribution through confiscation)

Legal institutions and their members must not violate the order for handling confiscated goods and watch or distribute confiscated propaganda materials to others.

Article 23 (Prohibition of watching, reproducing, or spreading superstitions)

Citizens must not watch, distribute, or reproduce erotic films, erotic pictures, sexually explicit material, and published propaganda materials that preach superstitions.

Article 24 (Prohibition of using puppet speech, writing, or singing)

Institutions, enterprises, organizations and citizens must not use puppet speech, writing or singing, and must not engage in actions such as sending or receiving notices in puppet speech.

Article 25 (Prohibition of illegal viewing and distribution of published propaganda materials)

Institutions, corporate organizations, and citizens must refrain from viewing or distributing to others other countries’ published propaganda materials that are banned or unauthorized, privately published propaganda materials, or illegally produced published propaganda materials.

Article 26 (Family education and control)

Parents must strengthen family education and control to prevent their children from viewing or distributing impure published propaganda materials.

Chapter 4 Legal responsibility for violations of the order of rejection of reactionary ideology and culture

Article 27 (Crime of propagating puppet ideology and culture)

Anyone who has seen, heard, or kept a puppet film, recorded material, compilation, book, song, picture, or photograph, or who imports or distributes a puppet song, picture, photograph, or design, shall be punished by reform through labor for not less than 5 years but not more than 10 years. . In serious cases, the offender will be sentenced to reform through labor for more than 10 years.

Anyone who introduces or distributes puppet movie recordings, compilations, or books is subject to life-long reform through labor.

Article 28 (Crime of spreading ideology and culture to hostile countries)

Anyone who has seen, listened to, or kept a hostile country’s movies, recorded material, books, songs, pictures, or photographs, or who imports or distributes a hostile country’s songs, pictures, photos, or designs, shall be punished by reform through labor for up to 5 years.

In serious cases, the punishment shall be reform through labor for not less than 5 years but not more than 10 years.

If a person imports or distributes a hostile country’s movies, recordings, compilations, or books, he or she will be punished by reform through labor for more than 10 years.

If a person imports or distributes a large amount of a hostile country’s movies, recordings, compilations, or books or distributes them to a large number of people, or organizes or encourages group viewing or viewing, he or she shall be punished by life-long correctional labor or the death penalty.

Article 29 (Crimes of sexual misconduct, lust, and spreading superstitions)

A person who has viewed or kept a film, video, compilation, book, photograph, or painting that preaches sexual desires or superstitions shall be punished by reform through labor for not less than 5 years but not more than 10 years. In serious cases, the offender will be sentenced to reform through labor for more than 10 years.

Anyone who creates, introduces, or distributes a film, video, compilation, book, photograph, or painting that preaches sexually explicit material or lust or superstitions shall be punished by reform through labor for life.

In the event that a large amount of sexually explicit material or a film, video, compilation, book, photograph, or painting that preaches lust or superstitions has been created, introduced, or distributed to a large number of people, or if group viewing or viewing has been organized or encouraged. punishable by death

Article 30 (Crime of spreading exotic ideology and culture)

A person who has seen, heard, or kept films, recordings, compilations, books, songs, paintings, or photographs from other countries that are contrary to socialist ideology and culture and our way of life, or who illegally owns songs, paintings, photos, designs, or costumes from other countries. Anyone who introduces or distributes the same thing will be punished through short-term labor.

In serious cases, the punishment shall be reform through labor for up to 5 years.

If a person illegally imports or distributes another country’s movies, recordings, compilations, or books, he or she will be punished by reform through labor for not less than 5 years but not more than 10 years.

In case of importing or distributing a large amount of movies, recordings, compilations, or books from other countries, or distributing them to many people, or

***This article is a translation based on ChatGPT, so it may not match our NK Times Korean content.

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