SEOUL, Nov. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — North Korea’s state broadcaster covered the South Korea’s national flag with a blur as it broadcasted the 2022 FIFA World Cup as part of its policy of excluding reports on Seoul that may undermine the regime.
The Korean Central Television (KCTV) broadcasted the recorded version of the World Cup football match between France and Australia that took place in Qatar’s Al Janoub Stadium Wednesday evening.
In the video, football fans were seen putting up flags from various countries, among which the South Korean flag was covered in grey.
The advertisement screen that surrounded the football field showed Hyundai Motor Co.’s all-electric IONIQ 5 and IONIQ 6. KCTV took out the letters from the ads to make them unrecognizable.
The recorded video of Saudi Arabia versus Argentina was also broadcasted on the same day with ads from Hyundai Motor and Coca-Cola removed by KCTV.
The move is seen as an intent to hide the fact from North Korean residents that companies in South Korea and the U.S. are big enough to put up ads during the World Cup.
North Koreans were known to be aware of Hyundai’s international stature after witnessing the carmaker’s shuttle buses that once operated in the now-suspended Kaesong Industrial Complex.
M. H. Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)