KIM Jong-un has reportedly fired his personal photographer for obstructing a crowd’s view of him for three seconds with his camera.
The shutterbug, identified only by his surname, Ri, was accused of damaging Kim’s “supreme dignity” as he scrambled for better photos of the dictator.
According to Pyongyang sources quoted in NK Daily, he was guilty of “adjusting the angle so that the camera’s flash covered the Dear and Respected Supreme Leader Comrade’s neck.”
A source familiar with the situation told to the South Korea-based online newspaper the faux-pas was considered an “anti-Party act of damaging the Supreme Dignity of our Party”.
He was also blamed for violating two further rules – one banning photography within two metres of the tyrant, and another prohibiting pictures or video from being taken directly in front of him.
As a result, the 47-year-old was fired from his job and booted out of the Workers’ Party of Korea – effectively rendering him a second-class citizen.
It’s a hefty fall from grace for a man who, only a month ago, was trusted to document the summit with Donald Trump in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The incident occurred when Kim Jong-un made a public appearance during North Korea’s so-called elections on March 10.
The dictator had arrived to cast his vote and, when he stopped to wave at the crowd, Ri stepped in front of him to take a photo.
Another camera behind the crowd captured the exact moment Ri’s fate was sealed and the footage was later broadcast on state television.
Another source told the paper that Ri had been fired almost instantly.
They said: “The head photographer, who had been at the scene, told Ri that the video he took right in front of Kim Jong-un was a ‘video that damages the Supreme Dignity,’ and fired him.”
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