They are pulling people off the streets for minor offenses and forcing them to do unpaid work at construction sites.
Rights group and military expert say signs point to 'gruesome public execution' on Oct. 7, 2014.
Accounts from Pyongyang residents come as South Korea spy agency says regime has executed 15 officials in 2015
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.