Goethe Institute opens library in N Korea

An Anonymous Patron writes This One From The Beeb says Germany’s cultural Goethe Institute has opened a branch in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang – the first of its kind in the secretive communist state.
Under the deal, Pyongyang is required to guarantee free access for its citizens to uncensored German-language books, videos, CDs and newspapers.

Goethe Institute president Jutta Limbach hailed the move as “a major success in cultural politics”.

Until now, Western media and literature have been banned in North Korea.

Correspondents, however, say it is open to question how many ordinary North Koreans will be able to benefit from the new centre in a city dominated by a privileged elite.”