This article states that North Koreans face similar consequences of the leader's death anniversary as in previous years, now being banned from laughing for 11 days. Is the regime so authoritarian that it would make this rule and strictly enforce it?

In another words since information from NK is sparse, is this just propaganda? I have read that Radio Free Asia is not reliable source of information.

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    Radio "Free" Asia is directly funded by NED so yes, it's pure propaganda. Commented Dec 17, 2021 at 18:20
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    The story is reported widely in the press. One anonymous source apparently said “It’s a month-long special duty for the police. I heard that law enforcement officials cannot sleep at all.” I wonder if the sources simply believe whatever they are told. Commented Dec 17, 2021 at 19:31
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    It would be a first. All claims so far from that "media" source have been cleverly constructed out of thin air. Not evidence of anything but something any person concerned about DPRK should know in an easily digestible little video: youtu.be/EzDhqXuELjo Commented Dec 17, 2021 at 19:34
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    @WeatherVane They do indeed. The weirder the better. Even physical impossibilities like a dozen people having to push a non-working train (I wonder why they don't just walk?) which has been claimed by a famous dissident and repeat without a single molecule of skepticism by most mainstream mass media. Commented Dec 17, 2021 at 19:37
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    In the linked story, "In the past many people who were caught drinking or being intoxicated during the mourning period were arrested and treated as ideological criminals" might well be verifiable fact, but it is followed by "Police have been forewarned to look for those who do not look sufficiently upset" which is where the bounds of credulity are stretched. Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 14:10


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