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Kim Jong-Un Fires Personal Photographer For Blocking His Neck, Hurting ‘Dignity’
By Mikelle Leow, 28 Mar 2019
Image by Cheongwadae / Blue House via Wikimedia Commons
A photographer’s life isn’t easy, but things are especially challenging if you’re a photographer from North Korea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s personal photographer, identified only as Ri, was reportedly fired for damaging the “Supreme Dignity” of Kim. According to Daily NK—a newspaper reporting on North Korea—it was, ironically, Ri’s devotion to the leader that drove him to this predicament.
Ri, who accompanied Kim to the second Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, was purportedly dismissed for going up close to the leader at the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) election on 10 March for photos. By taking a picture right in front of Kim, his camera’s flash had obscured the dictator’s neck.
The neck-blocking only lasted about three seconds, but it was enough to end Ri’s career as photographer of Kim Jong-Un.
Ri had also broken set rules that prohibited photographers from taking pictures of Kim within a radius of two meters (6.6 feet), in addition to a law that restricts them from photographing or taking videos right in front of the Supreme Leader.
A source in Pyongyang said the head photographer of the Korean Art Film Studio, where Ri worked, fired him for filming a video “that damages the Supreme Dignity.”
A separate source revealed that the 47-year-old photographer was also “kicked out” of the Workers’ Party of Korea over the breach.
[via India Times and Daily NK, images via various sources]
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