The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) is the state news agency of North Korea that was established on December 5, 1946. The agency portrays the views of the North Korean government for foreign consumption.
As one of several news agencies operating in the DPRK, KCNA daily reports news for all the North Korean news organizations including newspapers, radio and television broadcasts via Korean Central Television and the Korean Central Broadcasting System within the country. In December 1996, KCNA began publishing its news articles on the Internet with its web server located in Japan. Since October 2010, stories have been published on a new site, controlled from Pyongyang, and output has been significantly increased to include world stories with no specific link to North Korea as well as news from countries that have strong DPRK ties.
In addition to Korean, KCNA releases news articles in English, Russian and Spanish. KCNA has press exchange agreements with around 46 foreign news agencies including Itar-Tass and Xinhua News Agency and South Korea's Yonhap News Agency with correspondents and bureaux in six countries, including Russia and China. In 2004, the agency had employed 2,000 people.