- North Korea seems to have come down arduous on individuals who distribute or watch “Squid Recreation.”
- Citing unnamed sources, Radio Free Asia mentioned a North Korean man was sentenced to loss of life for smuggling the present.
- Seven highschool college students obtained harsh sentences for watching the present, RFA reported.
North Korea seems to have come down arduous on individuals who distribute or watch
In keeping with a report by Radio Free Asia (RFA) citing unnamed sources inside North Korea, a person who smuggled and bought the dystopian drama has been sentenced to loss of life by firing squad, whereas a highschooler who purchased a USB drive containing the present was sentenced to life in jail.
One other six high-schoolers who watched the present have been sentenced to 5 years of arduous labor, RFA reported. Their supervisors have been additionally punished, with lecturers and faculty directors fired, presumably to be banished to work in distant mines, RFA mentioned.
RFA is a US government-funded non-profit information service that serves audiences in Asia. It says its goal is to “present correct and well timed information and knowledge to Asian nations whose governments prohibit entry to a free press.”
The South Korean tv collection Squid Recreation tells the story of 456 debt-laden folks competing for 45.6 billion received ($38.3 million) of prize cash in brutal survival video games.
A legislation enforcement supply in North Hamgyong province informed RFA’s Korean service: “This all began final week when a highschool scholar secretly purchased a USB flash drive containing the South Korean drama Squid Recreation and watched it with one in all his greatest mates at school. The good friend informed a number of different college students, who got interested, and so they shared the flash drive with them.” The scholars have been caught by authorities censors after a tip-off, the supply informed RFA.
It is the primary time the North Korean authorities has punished minors underneath a legislation that penalizes the distribution, watching, or holding of media from capitalist nations like South Korea and the US, RFA mentioned.
“The federal government is taking this incident very significantly, saying that the scholars’ training was being uncared for,” RFA’s supply mentioned.
One of many college students acquired off the hook as a result of that they had wealthy dad and mom who paid a $3,000 bribe, the outlet reported.
Final month, a state-run North Korean propaganda web site mentioned the Netflix drama highlighted how South Korea is the place “corruption and immoral scoundrels are commonplace.” The present additionally featured a North Korean defector whose story highlighted her arduous escape from the nation.
Regardless of the specter of retribution, smuggled, unlawful copies of “Squid Recreation” have been making their method into North Korea.
A earlier article from Radio Free Asia famous that North Koreans discovered the monetary struggles of the present’s characters “relatable.”
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