Sensitive information in the workplace is usually accompanied by non-disclosure agreements, but two recent Outline stories look at more insidious ways of keeping professional secrets. Today on World Dispatch, we go inside pieces that explore a couple of mysterious professional experiences. One involves a defector whose work was shrouded in secrecy because of the demands of a dictator, and the other is about publicists shadily trying to blur the lines between journalism and PR.
First up, Andrada Fiscutean gives us insight into what is happening in a guarded North Korean research facility. Kim Hyeongsoo, a North Korean defector who worked as a scientist, is our guide into the peculiar experiments performed at the Mansumugang Institute.
Then, Jon Christian takes us down the rabbit hole of payola journalism. This is the latest trick used by public relations and advertising firms to get their clients mentioned in large publications for a small price.
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