North Korean man sentenced to death for smuggling squid game

A still from Squid Game shows the guards walk up the stairs.

It is illegal to own, watch Squid Game of to distribute in North Korea.
Screenshot: Netflix

Last week, Radio Free Asia reported that copies of Squid Game was smuggled to North Korea on USB drives and SD cards. Now, according to RFA, a man who would have smuggled in the show has been sentenced to death by a firing team.

tell sources RFA that a North Korean student who bought the USB drive was given a life sentence while six others who looked at the show must serve five years hard work. Teachers and administrators of the school have been fired, expected from the Workers’ Party, and could end up be banned to work in remote mines.

“This all started last week when a high school student secretly bought a USB flash drive containing the South Korean drama Squid Game and looked at it with one of to be best friends in class,” a resource in Police in North Hamgyong Province is quoted as telling RFAKorean service.

“The friend told several other students, who got interested and they shared the flash drive with them.” Government censorship got a tip and the students were arrested.

Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported that a state run North Korean website said Squid Game reflects an “unequal society where the strong exploit the weak” and shows the “beastly” character of the “South Korean capitalist society where humanity is destroyed by extremes” competition.”

Although a North Korean government mouthpiece can feel comfortable using the show excavating at his southern neighbor, it’s illegal for North Korean burgers to go to the . to watch show-of a South Korean TV program. International media, especially the influence of free-market South Korean culture, seems to be seen as a threat to the pronunciation power in North Korea.

Last year, the country passed legislation called the “Act” on the elimination of Reactionary thinking and culture”, what can result in the death penalty for view, possess of distribute media from capitalist countries such as South Korea and the US “Law enforcement is not playing in the surroundings of with the new law, and they try fiercely to root out any instance of capitalist culture,” a source previously told RFA.

“But regardless of how strictly the government’s crackdown appears to be, rumors are circulating that among the seven arrested students, one with rich parents could avoid punishment for bribing the authorities with US$3,000,” another source said.

“Residents complain that the world is unfair, want if parents to have money and power, even their children who have been sentenced to death can be released.”

rather this year, another man is believed to have been executed for breaking the same law by: sell illegally CDs and USB filled with South Korea music and TV shows.

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