South Korea bans viral song glorifying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

A total of 29 versions of the Caring Father music video will be blocked, although it is not explained how this will be done

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Kim Jong Un with his wife Ri Sol Ju (left) and daughter Kim Ju Ae (center) attended the military parade, Photo: Reuters
Kim Jong Un with his wife Ri Sol Ju (left) and daughter Kim Ju Ae (center) attended the military parade, Photo: Reuters
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Authorities in South Korea say they will ban a viral propaganda song from North Korea praising North Korean President Kim Jong Un as a "caring father and great leader".

Seoul's media regulator said the music video, which has become a huge hit on the TikTok platform since it was released in April, was in violation of South Korea's National Security Act.

"The song idolizes, glorifies and praises Kim Jong Un," the Seoul-based Communications Standards Commission said Monday.

The aforementioned law prohibits South Korean residents from accessing government websites and media from the neighboring country, and sanctions behavior and expression that favors the North Korean regime.

A total of 29 versions of the Caring Father music video will be blocked, although it is not explained how this will be done, according to the commission.

They added that they took measures at the request of South Korea's National Intelligence Service.

"This video is a typical content associated with psychological warfare against South Korea, as it was posted on a channel aimed at the outside world and is intended to unilaterally idolize and glorify Kim," the watchdog said.


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The impending ban has led to increased interest in the video in South Korea, and many residents of the country have watched the video since the suspension was announced, as evidenced by comments on the video.

Some of the commentators believe that the South Korean authorities should leave the video on the Internet "so that more people can enjoy this joke".

This is just another in a series of pop songs produced by the Pyongyang propaganda machine over the past 50 years.

The catchy, upbeat hit describes Kim as "father" and "the great," terms previously reserved for his grandfather Kim Il Sung, North Korea's first leader.

"Let's sing to Kim Jong-un, the great leader/Let's sing to Kim Jong-un, our friendly father," the lyrics say.

Some TikTok users say they go to the gym or do homework with this song, while others point out that they like the nostalgic style and that it reminds them of older pop music from Spain and France.

The division of the two Koreas occurred after the end of the Korean War in 1953.

The armistice was not signed, so the war is technically still going on.

Violation of South Korea's National Security Law can lead to a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, although this law has recently been less strictly enforced.

Some also called for changes to the law due to criticism of the violation of freedom of expression.

Additional reporting: Jake Kwon, Seoul


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