Friday 23 February 2018

North Korea really isn't a lovely place

Walter Duranty
Walter Duranty
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Most young journalists - one would hope, anyway - will be familiar with the name Walter Duranty.

Duranty was the New York Times man in Moscow in the 1920s and 30s and is remembered for being hoodwinked by Stalin about the extent of the famine in the USSR at the time.

He was famously dismissive of the rumours at the time, and was quick to denounce anyone else who brought up the uncomfortable fact that millions were starving to death in the Ukraine and other regions.

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