The North Korean media have been completely silent about the popular protests in Egypt that ousted President Hosni Mubarak. The KCNA news agency, North Korean Central TV, North Korean Central Broadcasting Station and the Rodong Sinmun have failed to report on the protests that began on Jan. 17.
Egypt was, however, mentioned on Feb. 6, when KCTV listed Mubarak as one of the foreign heads of government North Korean leader Kim Jong-il sent Lunar New Year's greeting cards.
The North seems to be understandably worried about the popular uprisings against dictatorships in Tunisia and Egypt, especially the social networking sites sometimes said to have played a significant role in the protests.
Meanwhile, KCNA on Feb. 11 claimed U.S. prison inmates "are living in prisons as if they had full freedom, smuggling drugs and weapons into prisons using smartphones, a product of modern science and technology."