North Korean government reportedly sentenced man to death for distributing copies of “Squid Game”

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A North Korean has been sentenced to death by a firing squad for distributing illegal copies of the Korean-language Netflix drama “Squid Game”, reports Radio Free Asia, while other North Koreans face severe penalties for to have been complicit in this stratagem.

Highlights

According to RFA, a US government-funded news agency, this is the first time the North Korean government has enforced its “Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture” law, which sets the maximum penalty for “watching, keeping or distribute media of capitalist companies. country ”as execution, on minors.

In addition to the man who “smuggled and sold” copies of the Netflix show via USB drives, seven students and an unknown number of teachers and administrators were punished in the crackdown. terms of life imprisonment and five years of forced labor.

An anonymous source told RFA that one of the arrested students escaped punishment thanks to a $ 3,000 bribe from their “wealthy parents.”

Crucial quote

The same anonymous source shared the North Korean general public’s reaction to the news with RFA: “The residents are all shaking with fear because they will be ruthlessly punished for buying or selling memory storage devices, no matter how small. they.

Key context

Released in September, “Squid Game” quickly became a worldwide phenomenon and is the most watched series on Netflix. Set in South Korea, “Squid Game” depicts a game in which hundreds of poor competitors compete for a big cash prize and all the losers are brutally killed. One of the main characters in the series, Kang Sae-byeok, is a North Korean defector, although the character is played by South Korean actress Jung Ho-yeon.

Further reading

North Korea Sentenced to Death After Students Caught Watching Squid Game (Radio Free Asia)

A Deep Dive Into The Inequality World Of The Squid Game (Bloomberg)

Korean “Squid Game” Viewers Notice Clever Details of Kang Sae-byeok’s Accent (Insider)

Squid Game Smuggler Sentenced to Death in North Korea After Students Caught Watching Netflix Show – Report (Variety)

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