Scandal judgment in North Korea!
A student is said to be executed for smuggling a copy of the South Korean Netflix hit series “Squid Game” into the country. He reportedly brought the video files with him from China on a hidden USB stick „Radio Free Asia“ (RFA).
The sentence is to be carried out by a firing squad.
“It all started last week when a high school student secretly bought a USB stick with the South Korean drama ‘Squid Game’ and watched it with one of his best friends in class,” investigators in North Hamgyong Province told RFA .
The friend passed it on – and the series spread. The smuggling student was caught selling several copies, including to fellow students. One of the buyers has already been sentenced to life imprisonment, according to the report.
Six others who watched the series had to do five years of forced labor.
▶ ︎ Reason for the absurd harshness: In North Korea there is a strict ban on importing products from the West or South Korea into the country.
The school of the convicts is still being searched thoroughly by the North Korean authorities to check whether further foreign media are circulating.
“The government takes this incident very seriously and says that student education has been neglected,” RFA quoted an anonymous source as saying. The central committee had fired the headmaster, the youth secretary and the class teacher.
The source continues: “It is certain that they will be sent to work in coal mines or banished to rural areas of the country so that all the other teachers in the school are concerned that if one of their students is also involved in the investigation, it could affect them too.” gets involved. “
North Korea’s ruler, Kim Jong-un (37), is evidently one of the main reasons for pursuing this tough course: fear that many people will flee abroad because of his dictatorship.
the „Washington Post“ reported two years ago about a survey of 200 North Korea refugees living in South Korea. 90 percent stated that they had consumed foreign media before fleeing.