The Netflix show “Squid Game” has become a worldwide sensation, but not in North Korea, where a man is scheduled to be executed for bringing the film into the country.
According to Radio Free Asia, the man is suspected of smuggling the South Korean show into the country and selling copies of the show on USB flash drives.
The smuggler, a student, is believed to have returned from China with a hidden USB flash drive containing a digital version of the popular South Korean series. He was, however, captured by the country’s surveillance services after selling copies to other people, including fellow students.
He is expected to be executed by firing squad, which is one of the gruesome techniques used to kill characters in the series.
A high school student who is believed to have bought one USB drive has been sentenced to life in prison while six others who also watched the show have been sentenced to five years of hard labour. One of the students, however, was reportedly able to escape punishment after his rich parents paid a $3,000 bribe to the authorities.
Thought and Culture law?
The students were said to have been punished under North Korea’s new “Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture” law.
The arrest of the seven pupils is the first time the government has used the newly promulgated law in a case involving minors.
The law imposes severe penalties on those who watch, keep, or distribute media from capitalist countries.
In Particular, shows, movies, and music from South Korea and the United States are subjected to heavy penalties.
The students aren’t the only ones to suffer strict penalties, as their principal and instructors were also fired, and they will most likely be sent to work in coal mines or in rural locations.
The North Korean government believes that watching foreign films encourages residents to try to flee the country and are now carrying out intense searches at the students’ schools to find more foreign media.
Analysts say the government is trying to stop outside information from reaching the people of North Korea as life in the country becomes increasingly difficult.
Netflix Squid game
Netflix’s most popular series, “Squid Game,” is a South Korean drama about a group of indebted people pulled together to play life-or-death playground games for money, and you don’t know what to watch next.
The dystopian scenario of Squid Game, in which heavily indebted people are pitted against each other connects strongly with North Koreans living under a dictatorship. This is made worse by the fact that one of its characters was a North Korean defector who fled the country.
The presence of the movie in North Korea was detected when a high school student brought a USB flash containing the movie to school and watched it with one of his best friends in class, a law enforcement source disclosed.
According to the source, the two talked about the series with other acquaintances who were interested and bought copies from him.
North Korean propaganda is often focused on the notion that people in capitalist societies are poor, oppressed, and miserable, and prevent its citizens from having any connections to these worlds.
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