“The Squid Game”: the case of the man sentenced to death in North Korea for bringing in the Netflix series

Since it came to Netflix, “The Squid Game” (“Squid Game”In English) has become a worldwide success, and more and more people from different parts of the planet have been caught up in the immersive plot, in which hundreds of players with financial problems accept a strange invitation to compete in children’s games, without imagining that to win the millionaire prize they must literally eliminate their opponents.

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Because this series has gained a lot of fame, almost everyone wants to watch the nine episodes so they connect to the streaming platform; Nevertheless, In some countries it is forbidden to see it, otherwise they will be radically sanctioned, as happened in North Korea, where a man has been sentenced to death. for having obtained it illegally and then distributing it to a minor, who saw it with his group of friends at his school.

Next, everything about the case of this person who will be executed for smuggling the Netflix series and the sanction that the students and staff of the school will receive.

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“The Squid Game” stars Lee Jung Jae, Park Hae Soo and Wi Ha Joon, and tells the drama of a group of people who, in a desperate attempt to escape poverty, participate in a bloody game (Photo: Netflix)


According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), a North Korean man was sentenced to death for smuggling and selling copies of “The Squid Game”, This after seven students were caught watching the series in their own school. It is known that the individual obtained the material by smuggling, which entered from China on USB drives and SD cards, something that is possible, since South Korean media frequently reach North Korea in this way.

“It all started last week when a high school student secretly bought a USB flash drive containing the South Korean drama.”Squid Game‘and saw him with one of his best friends in class. The friend told several other students that they were interested and shared the USB memory with them “RFA reported after speaking to a source in North Hamgyong province.

Due to his actions, the adult who smuggled the material from The Squid Game face execution by firing squad, while the student who bought the record received a life sentence. The Six other students who watched the series will have to serve five years of forced labor. Meanwhile, school employees, teachers and administrators, were fired and “They face exile to work in remote mines”, according to the same medium.

In "The Squid Game", what seems to be a simple child
In “The Squid Game”, what seems to be a simple child’s game, soon turns into a terrifying and chilling fight for its survival (Photo: Netflix)


North Korea passed the “Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture” law in December 2020, which prohibits the entry and dissemination into its nation of cultural material such as films, plays, music and books from other countries, in special from South Korea and the United States. The law is clear: those who possess, consume or distribute material from “capitalist media” in that nation, will be punished up to a death penalty.

This law was enacted after South Korean music and television began to arrive and be liked in North Korea. Within months of entering into force, in April 2021, a man was publicly executed for selling units and CDs containing material from South Korea.

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