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Here is an interview with Morten Traavik:




 The lack of time people spend there one of the main reasons why all these stereotypes about North Korea are so easily perpetuated. If you’re a journalist, you go there for a week, you’re on a very tight leash, you will only be able to speak to the people they want you to speak to, only getting a quite inane “we are grateful to our great leader” cliches. You can forget about getting anywhere past the Truman Show stereotype on one visit.


And then, as a journalist, you go back and your editor needs something from you and, of course, it’s always more clickbait: “this is what North Korea didn’t want you to see.” Then you photograph a bus with a punctured tyre. That’s a much easier way for people to earn their pay than to spend four years going back and forth to get to that level of trust from people and open up in these unexpected moments.



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