A North Korean who smuggled copies of the South Korean Netflix collection “Squid Game” into the nation has been sentenced to demise by firing squad.
The man, whose identification was not revealed, allegedly smuggled copies of the present on USB drives from China into North Korea. Authorities found the act after they caught seven highschool college students watching the present, sources conversant in the matter instructed Radio Free Asia.
Besides giving the smuggler a demise sentence, authorities additionally gave one pupil a life sentence for purchasing a USB drive. The different six college students who have been caught watching the Korean-language present have been sentenced to 5 years of laborious labor.
The North Korean authorities additionally fired lecturers and directors on the college. Some lecturers and employees members have been banished to work in distant mines.
“It is certain that they will be sent to toil in coal mines or exiled to rural parts of the country, so other school teachers are all worrying that it could happen to them too if one of their students is also caught up in the investigation,” one of many sources instructed the publication.
The RFA supply additionally stated there’s widespread anxiousness over the destiny of the highschool college students. Many North Koreans additionally allegedly concern that extra folks might be implicated within the crime when authorities launch a probe.
“The residents are all trembling in fear because they will be mercilessly punished for buying or selling memory storage devices, no matter how small,” a second supply instructed RFA.
The demise sentence comes after RFA final week reported that the hit Netflix collection has been smuggled into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) the place overseas media is banned underneath the “Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture” act handed in December 2020.
Under the regulation, DPRK residents are prohibited from distributing or consuming any cultural supplies comparable to movies, performs, music and books from exterior North Korea. The regulation is a part of the North Korean authorities’s effort to crackdown on anti-socialist conduct. Anyone caught violating the regulation can resist 15 years in jail. In some instances, those that distributed the supplies could also be sentenced to life in jail or demise.