28 Jul '12, 1pm

N. Korea has disabled video camera, memory card and Bluetooth functions in new mobile phones

(THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - North Korea has disabled video camera and memory card functions in new mobile phones, a news report said on Saturday, in what appears to be Pyongyang's latest move to tighten control over the flow of information within and across its borders. The North also removed the Bluetooth function, a protocol that allows mobile phone users to exchange data over short distances, and blocked subscribers from using mobile phones beyond the city where they are registered, Washington-based Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported, citing a Japanese journalist familiar with the issue. 'Mobile phones have played a big role in spreading information,' said Mr Ishimaru Jiro, the publisher of Rimjin-gang Magazine, which is written by undercover journalists inside the North, according to RFA. With the technological restrictions, however, the new mobile phones 'have ...

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