The broadcaster and writer Alastair Borthwick was born on 17 February, 1913 in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, and passed on 25 September, 2003. He was brought up in Ayrshire’s seaside town-Troon before he relocated to Glasgow as a teen. Borthwick cleared his high school education at Glasgow High School at sixteen years, prior to joining the Glasgow Evening Herald where he served as a “Telephone Boy.” Also, he was tasked with the duty of noting down copies from the calling-in reporter. Borthwick joined Glasgow Weekly Herald for a busier role as a writer and editor of the film reviews. He also wrote on women, children, and readers’ queries in addition to being the regular front-page contributor and a crossword compiler.
As per mybooksource.com, Alastair Borthwick discovered his love for rock climbing and the escalating outdoor recreation scene during his involvement with the “open Air Page’’. He wrote about most of his experiences in the paper and later used the materials to write different books. For instance, he published the “Always a Little Further” book in 1939, which is a classic exposition of domestic mountain adventures. Borthwick wrote the book during an era in which mountaineering and climbing literature comprised formulaic expedition pieces, such as, journeys to exotic places; a reservation of the wealthy class. Besides, he vividly captured the start of the “grass-roots” movement access of the Scottish hills by the unemployed and the working-class of Clydebank and Glasgow. He wrote a book entitled Battalion.
In the course of his career, Borthwick worked at the Daily Mirror for a year as a reporter but later left for a radio broadcasting job. He first did broadcasting in 1934, and his last was in 1997 although he also engaged in other types of jobs. In 1938, he operated the Empire Exhibition Press Club where he operated as a radio commentary from the tower of the exhibition.
Borthwick most prominent role was when he served at the fifth Seaforth Highlanders as an intelligence officer traveling across Sicily, Europe, North Africa, Normandy, and Holland. From the experiences in the war, he was asked to document the history of the Battalion, leading to the publishing of his book Sans Peur in 1946 although the copy was republished in 1994. He was also privileged to get the Scotland appointment to work as the Secretary of State to organize for the 1951 Festival of Britain. Today, Borthwick is celebrated as a hero with many people still learning from his experiences.
A pint-sized woman has made a huge impact in the nuclear powered country with one of the largest armies. As a matter of fact, they are actually quite threatened by her. After her appearance to the world in which Yeonmi Park has shared her story about what she has went through in North Korea, they have looked for ways to discredit everything that she has said. In this case, they have released a video that has been made with the effort to prove that what Yeonmi has said is wrong. Among the people that were used in this project were some of Yeonmi’s aunts and uncles?
The video that was released was given the title The Human Rights Propaganda Puppet. This one denounced the defector and all that she had to say about the country. This has been a part of the smear campaign that was meant to keep Yeonmi in silence. Yeonmi has proven to be quite outspoken about her criticism on the regime that is both secretive and repressive. However, what Yeonmi has revealed has been rather suspected given the history of the regime. There have always been reports on the dictators of the North Korean regime.
It is important to know that what Yeonmi is facing is nothing new. There have always been attempts to discredit and silence the defectors that speak out on their experiences in North Korea. There are some cases that a defector is actually threatened. There are also cases that there are attempts to act out on the threats. Park Sang-hak was one of those people that have been targeted by North Korea. They have sent a hitman towards him with a poison-needle in South Korea in an attempt to kill him. One defector was even gunned down back in 1997. This defector was the nephew of one of Kim Jong-il’s mistresses.
Discrediting and silencing witnesses and defectors is a growing industry in North Korea. Ever since a UN report documented the crimes against humanity that took place in North Korea, there have been smear campaigns and threats that are sent out towards people who have spoken out. However, due to the findings of UN from over 300 defectors, North Korea’s attempt to bring about a discredit have proven to be a failure. It is to be expected, the defectors with the most powerful stories are going to be targeted as a means to be discredited.
While Yeonmi Park did not testify to the UN, she did appear on YouTube and get a lot of attention. She was dressed in a way that gained attention due to how she appeared in the style of a porcelain doll. She wore a traditional flowing pink hanbok. During her speech, Yeonmi has kept her composure even though she struggled at some parts of her story. Many people were in tears including Yeonmi herself as she recounted her story to millions of people at the event and viewers on YouTube. Her video became viral shortly after she was done.