Audiovisual heritage provides window to world

Many things of the past are handed down to younger generations through audiovisual materials including audio and video recordings.

Conserving the valuable source of knowledge reflecting political events, scientific achievements and human life is of great importance.

For instance, through the audiovisual documents, the present generations hear the voices of people from the past and see their life and achievements with their own eyes and understand the world of those times.

Audiovisual heritage provides a window to the past and the world.

Therefore, UNESCO included the protection of audiovisual heritage in the Memory of the World Programme and strives to increase international and national interest in it.

As part of the effort, it set October 27 as the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, when it conducts various activities to raise general awareness of the importance of audiovisual documents and to attract social interest in the matters arising in the protection of audiovisual heritage objects.

Today, many cultural heritage elements are reduced to ashes as a result of aggression and destruction committed worldwide under all sorts of reasons such as regional and religious disputes, coups, “counter-terrorism” and even “democracy” and “humanitarianism”, and among them are audiovisual documents.

The reality clearly shows that the protection of audiovisual heritage is not confined to technical matters but requires national and international efforts.

The northern half of Korea has put it forward as a state policy to preserve and manage valuable cultural heritage objects of the nation since Korea’s liberation and the DPRK has paid much attention to it.

The National Archive, the National Authority for the Protection of Cultural Heritage and some other government organizations are dedicated to the responsible work for protecting and managing the valuable cultural wealth in a well-organized work system, and the science and education sectors and the mass media are assisting their work.

The month for the protection of national heritage was set and the conservation and management of cultural heritage objects and documents is encouraged throughout the society as a patriotic work.

In the meantime, the country promotes exchange and cooperation with international organizations including UNESCO and other countries.


Choe Ok Gyong, Department chief of the Grand People’s Study House