Choi Seon-Young

Special Reporter, Yonhap

Choi Seon-Young is a Special Reporter on North Korea at Yonhap News Agency. She worked as a journalist in North Korea for 7 years before defecting to South Korea in 1996. Her series of exclusive reports in 2009 of Kim Jong Il designating Kim Jong Un as the next leader of North Korea came at a time when even the South Korean government and intelligence agency were unaware of this succession. She received the Journalist Association of Korea (JAK)’s Korea Journalist Award in 2010 for this exposure.

Choi is speaking at

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Coral (3rd Floor)



North Korea is widely called the most isolated country on the planet. How do you dig for information in a Stalinist state where information, the internet and free speech are controlled at every turn? We've brought together a remarkable group of experts who use techniques ranging from satellite imagery and refugee interviews to content analysis of official texts. 

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