Media Freedom Activist
GeumHyok is from Pyongyang, North Korea and was born in 1991. He grew up as part of North Korea’s elite class and attended Kim-Il-Sung University. Geum Hyok was exposed to foreign media at a young age and in middle school was detained and punished for distributing DVD’s with South Korean and American media. He later had an opportunity to study in Beijing where he met South Koreans and other foreigners, and was able to learn about the outside world. He defected from Beijing in 2012 and today is studying politics and diplomacy at Korea University.