'Squid Game& / Smuggler Screamed to Death in North Korea After Students Caught Watching Netflix Show - Report Report
According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), a man who smuggled copies of the South Korean Netflix series Squid Game into North Korea was sentenced to death after authorities caught high school students watching the show.
RFA reported that the series was smuggled in from China on USB flash drives and that muggler faces death by firing squad.
In remote villages, the school administrators were fired and banned from working in remote mines. The student who bought a drive was given life sentences, while six others who watched the show have been sentenced to five years hard labor, and teachers and school workers have become barred from being fired from the job, RFA reported.
The act prohibits the dissemination of cultural material like films, plays, music and books in the country. The aim of the act is to prevent the spread of media from South Korea and the U.S. and punish those who distributing or consuming these are liable to be punished.
According to widespread reports, in April this year, a man was publicly executed for selling the drives and CDs containing South Korean material.
The dictatorship, whose propaganda site Arirang Meari explained the high-concept survival drama, was a source of anger in the dictator's dictators. The North Korean propaganda website described the sad reality of stern South Korean society as merely reincarnating he-feastly era of evil neo-nazialism.
The RFA report suggests that there's a lot of public anxiety about the fate of high school students and that more people could be implicated in the investigation.
Variety reached out to Netflix for comment.
Netflix isn't available in China, but Squid Game is widely pirated in the country according to reports.