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A man and several students have been sentenced in North Korea for watching The Squid Game

In North Korea, a man who smuggled and sold copies of the series has been sentenced to death. Netflix, The Squid Game (Squid Game) after authorities caught seven high school students watching the worldwide hit Korean-language show. The smuggler reportedly introduced a copy of The Squid Game from China and sold USB sticks with the series. The sources said that his sentence would be carried out by firing squad.

A high school student who bought a unit received a life sentence, while six others who watched the show have been sentenced to five years of forced labor, and the school’s teachers and administrators have been fired and face exile for work in remote mines or other areas. Since last week it had become common knowledge that copies of the program had reached the prison country despite the authorities’ efforts to keep foreign media out. They began to spread among the population in flash memory and SD cards.

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Sources for that report said the show’s dystopian world (in which the outcasts face each other in traditional childhood games for huge metal prizes and the losing players are sentenced to death) resonates with North Koreans with risky occupations and insecure positions. «It all started last week when a high school student secretly bought a USB stick containing the South Korean show “The Squid Game” and watched it with one of his best friends in class.“A North Hamgyong province law enforcement source told the Korean Service of the RFA portal on Monday.

«The friend told other students, who were interested, and shared the flash drive with them. They were caught by the 109 Sangmu censors, who had already been warned by a third party“Said the source, referring to the government assault force specialized in catching those who watch illegal videos, officially known as Surveillance Office Group 109.

The detention of the seven students is the first time that the government has applied the recently approved law of “Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture”In a case that affects minors, according to the source. The law, enacted last year, carries a maximum death penalty for viewing, preserving or distributing media from capitalist countries, especially South Korea and the United States.

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Source: Radio Free Asia

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