North Korea takes a hard hit on those who distribute and watch Netflix’s hit series “Squid Game”. The reclusive country has sentenced to death by firing squad a man who smuggled and sold the series. And a high school student who bought a USB stick containing the series was sentenced to life, according to Radio Free Asia (RFA), citing sources in the country.
Six other high school students who watch the series have also been sentenced to five years of forced labor, reports the FRG. Their supervisors were also punished, teachers and school administrators were dismissed. They could be banned for working in mines far from their home link, the outlet added.
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The South Korean series tells the story of 456 debt-ridden people who compete for 45.6 billion won (about $ 34 million) in prizes in violent survival games.
“It all started last week when a high school student secretly bought a USB stick containing the South Korean series Squid Game and watched it with one of his best friends in class,” a source said. order of North Hamgyong province to the Korean service of FRG. “The friend told several other students, who were interested, and he shared the USB stick with them.”
First time North Korea punishes minors under this law
The high school students were grabbed by government censors with a tip, the source told RFA. This is the first time that the North Korean government has punished minors under a law that penalizes the distribution, viewing or retention of media from capitalist countries like South Korea and the United States, added the FRG. “The government is taking this incident very seriously, claiming that the education of the students has been neglected,” the RFA source said.
One of the students got away with it thanks to his wealthy parents who paid a bribe of $ 3,000 (2,674 euros), according to the media.
Last month, a state-run North Korean propaganda site said the Netflix series highlighted the fact that South Korea is a country where “corruption and immoral scoundrels are rife.” Among the characters in the series, there is also a North Korean defector whose story highlights her escape from North Korea strewn with pitfalls.
Despite threats of retaliation, illegal copies of “Squid Game” have been smuggled into North Korea. A previous Radio Free Asia article indicated that North Koreans found the show’s characters’ financial woes “relatable.”[display-posts orderby="rand"]
“Squid Game” is the most watched series of all time on Netflix.
Original version: Hulleng Tan / Insider
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