Propaganda images used by totalitarian regimes to deceive people

Have you ever wondered if the hundreds of millions of images posted on the internet or published in the media around the world are genuine or just part of a promotion?

In the era of fake news, we sometimes carefully create images to give a false impression and deceive people. Below are posters and images that the totalitarian governments of North Korea and China have widely used as a promotional tool to deceive people.

Anti-American message poster

People outside of North Korea’s “hermit kingdom” are usually unaware of what is happening inside an isolated state, except when they have access to direct reports of North Korean defectors. ..

For decades, North Korea has brainwashed its citizens by posting propaganda banners and posters nationwide, which often contain anti-American messages. Not only were these messages seen on the streets, but the Communist Party government also put up posters on school and national postage stamps.

However, the New York Post report The anti-American story is about “turning Orwell” a few days before the June 2018 summit between then-President Donald Trump and North Korean Prime Minister Kim Jong Un. The poster depicting America suddenly disappeared in the bad light.

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An anti-American advertising poster showing a fist crushing US soldiers on the streets of Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, on February 27, 2008. (Mark Ralston / AFP via Getty Images)

Rowan Beard, Tour Manager for Young Pioneer Tours, told Reuters: I haven’t seen them disappear completely for five years working in North Korea. “

However, according to NK News, there are some more subtle anti-American themed posters. January 2019And the state media promotion remained “Coded” even in 2020..

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An advertising poster for an elementary school at Aoyama-ri Farm. ((((Stephan/ CC BY-SA 2.0)
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Stamps printed by North Korea show solidarity with the International Revolutionary Army around 1971. (Artnana / Shutterstock)

Not a “siege” appeal: a historic peaceful rally of Falun Gong

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been actively cracking down on dissidents, minorities and religious groups since it came into power. For example, in 1999, peaceful protests were labeled as “siege” by the Communist regime.

April 25, 1999, about 10,000 Falun Gong Proponents headed to China’s Central Appeals Office on Beijing’s Fuyang Road. Some locals traveled to the capital from different parts of the country after hearing that Tianjin authorities had arrested more than 40 practitioners on April 23, two days ago.

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On April 25, 1999, more than 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners gathered on Fuyang Street in Beijing to peacefully appeal for fair treatment. The event was promoted by the Chinese Communist Party and used as an excuse to launch the brutal persecution campaign that continues today. (Provided by

A few days before his arrest, a Tianjin magazine published an article condemning Falun Gong. Some practitioners wrote in magazines to seek correction of false reports, and some supporters tried to solve the problem directly with Tianjin, but authorities called riot police and 45 were arrested. Was done. Tianjin city officials then told them to go to the Beijing State Legislature’s Office of Appeals.

Falun GongAlso known as Falun Dafa, is an ancient cultivating field of Buddhist tradition introduced in China in 1992. Practice consists of moral teaching and five gentle exercises. By the late 1990s, about 70 to 100 million Chinese had practiced Falun Gong, more than CCP members.

When Falun Gong practitioners arrived at Fengyang Street early in the morning of April 25, 1999, they had police already there and guided them to the streets across the Zhongnanhai, Chinese administration headquarters, and central government. I noticed that I was there. For a large number of people, this move placed them in a position surrounding the Zhongnanhai. The Zhongnanhai was later accused by the CCP of “sieving” the central government.

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The scene of Fuyo-dori before the police closed on April 25, 1999. (Ming)
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Falun Gong practitioners began arriving at Fuyo-dori in the early morning of April 25th. About 1,000 public security officials and plainclothes police officers had already been stationed. (Ming)

However, according to the pictures taken by ABC, the practitioners were lined up in an orderly manner, with some sitting and reading books, while others practicing Falun Gong. There was enough space for pedestrians to pass through and there was no impact on traffic.

“Records, movies, or plausible explanations do not suggest that Falun Gong practitioners have done anything faintly provocative throughout the 16-hour episode. Littering, smoking, chanting, and conversations with reporters No, “survey journalist Ethan Gutmann wrote in the article.Events on Fuyo-dori.. “

The crowd quietly dispersed after then-Prime Minister Zhu Rongji agreed to meet with Falun Gong practitioners and request that those illegally detained be released. The problem was resolved that day, but three months later, the Chinese administration launched a brutal persecution campaign on July 20, 1999, arresting, detaining and torturing countless Falun Gong practitioners. ..About 4,641 supporters Died From the persecution that continues today.

Poster on China’s one-child policy

China’s infamous, now lifted one-child policy was introduced in 1979 to control the country’s rapidly growing population. Propaganda posters, murals, Billboard Set up nationwide in an attempt to educate citizens to give birth to only one child, informing them of the imaginary benefits of a better life waiting for them, provided by the government when they grow older I did.

However, this policy has aborted millions of fetuses. It brought about a big gender gap due to the strong preference for having a son. The policy also saw many families exposed to heavy fines, forced abortion, sterilization, and illegal trafficking of Burmese women for forced marriage and childbirth.

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In May 2017, China’s “one-child” policy sign, which says “Reduce children and lead a better life,” will welcome residents on the main street of Shuangwang Town in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China. (Goh Chai Hin / AFP via Getty Images)
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The old slogan on the wall of Jentoku Village says, “I have one baby and the government feeds the elderly.” (Atiger / Shutterstock)

China lifted the policy in 2016 and changed it to a “two-child policy.” Despite the reformed policies, the country is facing a population crisis as fertility rates are still declining.

Socialist haircut

From 2004 to 2005, North Korea’s state-run television broadcast a promotional program, “Let’s trim your hair to suit your socialist lifestyle,” telling the public what hairstyles are acceptable.

According to the program, “Hair length should be kept between 1 cm and 5 cm and trimmed every 15 days.” Parents report.

The five-part series talks about the negative effects of long hair, such as “consuming large amounts of nutrients” and the potential to actually deprive the brain of energy. BBC..

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On August 19, 2018, a board showing approved hairstyles is on display at the Men’s Salon in the Crest Swimming Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Curl Coat / Getty Images)

The state radio show also told the locals why it was behind getting dressed properly. “It’s important to repel enemy tactics, infiltrate corrupt capitalist ideas and lifestyles, and establish a socialist lifestyle in the first era of the military,” Radio said.

Joselin Neo


Jocelyn Neo is a writer focused on Chinese topics and life-based stories that inspire hope and humanity.