He was a propaganda mastermind who shaped North Korea’s Kim family cult of personality. Now, he’s met his end

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Kim Ki-nam, a propaganda mastermind who helped forge the cult of personality for the family dynasty that has ruled North Korea since its founding in the Cold War, has died at the age of 94.

Kim, who had been in poor health for several years, died on Tuesday, the official Korean Central News Agency reported, saying he devoted his life to the “sacred struggle for defending and strengthening the ideological purity of our revolution”.

The official biography released by KCNA said that Kim rose from the hardships of childhood to work at the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea from 1956, earning the trust of state founder Kim Il-sung. He spent more than 60 years consolidating the ideological foundation of the party and helped train talent that would support the state, KCNA reported.

As one of the great powers behind the power, Kim Ki-nam played an essential role in shaping the country’s messaging as leadership transferred to Kim Jong-il, the son of the founder, and helped in the succession of current leader Kim Jong-un, the grandson.

“Kim Ki-nam was an elite career propagandist all his life, starting in the 1960s,” said Rachel Minyoung Lee, a senior fellow with the 38 North Programme at the Stimson Centre in the US.

Content retrieved from: https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3261836/he-was-propaganda-mastermind-who-shaped-north-koreas-kim-family-cult-personality-now-hes-met-his-end.

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