Shortages in electricity and raw materials have held back production, sources say.
It includes a laundry list of terrorism support since the North was removed in 2008.
Leader Kim Jong Un wants more people to read the newspaper for ideological training.
Experts say West German model of confidence building can overcome resistance from northerners who fear change
Workers told to beat reporters and smash cameras and they face punishment if negative reports get published.
Some employees willingly pay the fines so they can make more money working in local markets.
Mandatory meetings sour some on anniversary a rights group says should highlight cruelty of dynastic Kim regime.
Central authorities disregard advice from forestry officials based on local conditions.
Authorities have deployed train engines reserved for wartime on some routes between major cities.
Many are fed up with unpaid salaries and substandard work conditions in other countries.
High-ranking authorities and members of the ruling Kim family routinely go to the city-state for medical treatment and luxury goods.
Defection often leads to severe punishment for extended family members, sources say.
Source familiar with plan says Pyongyang will use hackers to gather data without connecting citizens to global Internet
The decision is linked to sanctions against the reclusive nation for its nuclear development.
They are ditching their regular cell phones, as censors crack down on users who download foreign movies.
While allies decry senseless act of violence, Pyongyang hails 'righteous punishment.'
North Koreans are illegally crossing into China on the frozen Tumen River.