Media Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for taking an interest in our work. If you are a looking to make a press request, we recommend reading our FAQs below before getting in touch.

I am a journalist looking to learn more about North Korean refugees. Should I get in touch?
Yes. Please share your full name, professional website, proof of the publication you work for, and examples of your past work. We would also like to know if you are working on a current commission, and if so, the log line or outline of the story that has been commissioned.

How quickly will you be able to get back to me?

We are a team with limited resources, focused on delivering our programmes to our clients. The more time we have to process your request, the better. If you let us know your timeline, we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as we can. We would advise you send us a list of your questions or areas of interest in advance.

What if I am still in the research stages and don’t know what questions I want to ask yet?
We suggest reading previous research and interviews with North Korean refugees to first to build a better sense of the story you want to tell, and hence what specific questions you would want to ask of our clients, before you get in contact with us. We have some examples of testimonial from our clients here. You are also free to request a research interview with one of our staff, who will be able to provide context regarding the North Korean experience.

I would like to interview a North Korean refugee, can you facilitate this for me?
We receive many press requests asking us to facilitate interviews between journalists and our North Korean clients. With duty of care considerations in mind, we cannot do this for everyone and unless your interview pertains to questions about their participation in our programmes, where it would be relevant for us to make an introduction, it will be difficult for us to justify your request. We have many journalists whose primary interest is asking our clients about their past trauma, escape routes, or about life under dictatorship. These are questions that must consider the security risks for North Koreans, and the mental health impacts of being forced to re-live these experiences for those who are still processing their past experiences. Please bear in mind this context when asking to interview our clients.

Do you have members of staff that can speak to the North Korean experience?
Yes. The lived experience of our North Korean staff and volunteers ensures a bond and a trust with the escaped people taking part in our programmes that cannot be replicated with someone who has not shared the horrors of growing up in an authoritarian regime, does not understand how much courage it takes to attempt escape, does not know the loneliness of having found freedom but at the price of leaving your family, or the isolation of arriving in a new country where you don’t understand the language, and don’t know where you fit in. Find out more about our team here.

Would these members of staff be available for press interviews?

If you are looking for expert interviews regarding the North Korean human rights crisis, the North Korean refugee experience, or life under North Korean dictatorship, we have trained staff available who can fulfil these requests. We also offer free training, seminars, and workshops to better educate the public on North Korea. Find out more here.

We receive many press requests asking us to facilitate interviews between journalists and our North Korean clients. With duty of care considerations in mind, we cannot do this unless your interview pertains to their participation in our programmes.

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