The man who smuggled copies of the hit South Korean TV series Netflix Squid games in North Korea was sentenced to death, according to Radio Free Asia (RFA).
The US-based independent news agency RFA said, citing sources that the series was smuggled out of China on USB drives and that the smuggler was facing death by shooting after the authorities caught high school students watching the show.
“The student who bought the drive was sentenced to life in prison, while six others who watched the show were sentenced to five years of hard labor, and teachers and school administrators were fired and sent to work in remote mines,” RFA reports. …
In December 2020, North Korea passed the Eradication of Reactionary Thought and Culture Act, which bans the import and distribution of cultural materials such as films, plays, music, and books in the country. This law is mainly aimed at preventing the spread of media from South Korea and the United States, and those who distribute or consume them will be punished. According to widespread reports, a man was publicly executed in April this year for selling disc drives and CDs containing South Korean material.
Squid gamesin particular was the source of the dictatorship’s wrath. North Korean propaganda website Arirang Meari criticized the conceptual survival drama as portraying “the sad reality of a monstrous South Korean society.” The RFA said the high school students’ fate is of great concern to the public and that more people may be involved in the investigation.
However, Netflix is not available in China, but Squid games Pirated content was reported to have been widespread in the country.
South Korean survival drama Squid games was released worldwide on September 17, 2021, receiving critical acclaim and international attention. As of November 2021, it is Netflix’s most watched TV series, becoming the most watched program in 94 countries, attracting over 142 million member families and hitting 1.65 billion watch hours in its first four weeks of launch, surpassing the previous top series. Bridgerton.
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