Lord Alton: BBC World Service and North Korea

As Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, I welcome today’s announcement by the BBC of a Korean-language World Service. The announcement follows many years of work by the APPG and others, and we congratulate the BBC and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on making the correct decision for the people of North …

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Funding for North Korean Refugee Journalists

Lord Alton, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, asked the United Kingdom Government for their assessment of the statement by Marzuki Darusman, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, that the UK should consider "implementation of all recommendations made by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry in its report, including …

DfID and BBC Media Action funding for North Korea

Lord Alton, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, has asked the UK Government: "how much funding has been provided to BBC Media Action by the Department for International Development; whether the criteria for funding allocation include consideration of projects in closed countries with least access to news; and how much has been allocated …

BBC World Service for North Korea Debated in the House of Lords

A prospective Korean-language radio service for North Korea has been discussed in a House of Lords debate on the role of the BBC World Service and the British Council in promoting British values and interests worldwide. Initiated by Lord Alton, the wide-ranging debate focused on the historical and contemporary role of the BBC World Service …

UK Government Asked Questions on Genocide and Broadcasting in DPRK

Jim Dobbin MP, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, received written responses to two questions concerning the UK Government's response to allegations of genocide in the DPRK and UNCOI Recommendation 1224, which calls for states to aid efforts to broadcast information to North Koreans.In his first question, Jim Dobbin MP raised the findings of …