Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has sentenced unnamed man to death after he allegedly smuggled the a South Korean dystopian series the Squid Game to the country.
The man is said to have brought a copy from China of the Netflix hit series and upon arriving in North Korea, he started selling USB Flash drives that contained the film.
According to Free Radio Asia, the sentence will be carried out by the firing squad.
Another student who brought the movie on his flash drive while coming from abroad has been sentenced to life while 6 more students who watched it were sentenced to five years of hard labor in the world’s remaining totally isolated country.
North Korea has tried to censor out foreign media and attempts to make the surviving game series out of one of the second poorest country has been successful till of recent when it started circulating on flash drives and SD cards.
Despite, the country has remained alert and is ready to uproot the already smuggled copies in the country.
“This all started last week when a high school student secretly bought a USB flash drive containing the South Korean drama Squid Game and watched it with one of his best friends in class,” a source in law enforcement in North Hamgyong province told Radio Free Asia’s Korean Service Monday.
“The friend told several other students, who became interested, and they shared the flash drive with them. They were caught by the censors in 109 Sangmu, who had received a tipoff,” said the source, referring to the government strike force that specializes in catching illegal video watchers, known officially as Surveillance Bureau Group 109.
The arrest of 7 students is the first time the North Korean country puts in practice the newly passed “Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture,” in a case involving minors, according to the source.
The law that was passed last year carries a maximum sentence of death for keeping, watching or distributing media content from capitalist states especially South Korea and United States.