Multiple sources told Radio Free Asia that a smuggler of “Squid Game,” the hit Netflix series, has been sentenced to death by firing squad in North Korea.
The Korean-language show was allegedly smuggled by the man into North Korea through USB drives coming from China.
Seven high school students were caught watching footage of the show. The student who brought one of the flash drives received a life sentence. The other six that watched the footage got a sentence of hard labor for five years.
Teachers and administrators at the school where the students went also faced punishment. They were either sentenced to forced labor in remote mines or fired.
North Korean authorities have tried hard to keep Squid Game out of the country, as foreign media is banned.
“Squid Game has been able to enter the country on memory storage devices such as USB flash drives and SD cards, which are smuggled in by ship,” a resident of Pyongsong said, “and then make their way inland.”
Other sources told Radio Free Asia that the violent, dystopian and graphic show about debt-ridden South Koreans playing life-or-death kiddie games to win $38 million resonates with the rich residents of Pyongyang and North Koreans in general.
A law on the “Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture” was passed by North Korea last year as part of their efforts to root out ‘capitalist culture.’ It carries the maximum penalty of death for possession, distribution or watching media from capitalist countries.
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