A man has been ‘sentenced to death’ in North Korea after smuggling in a copy of Netflix’s most popular show, Squid Game, according to reports.
It’s believed that the student returned from China with a hidden USB drive containing the South Korean series.
After allegedly selling several copies of the drama to several people, including other students, he was apparently caught on the country’s surveillance system.
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According to RFA, the North Korean man will now be ‘sentenced to death by a firing squad’.
A law enforcement source within the country told the news outlet: “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.
“The friend told several other students, who became interested, and they shared the flash drive with them.”
Fellow students who also watched the show are reportedly being ‘sentenced to five years of hard labour’.
The harsh punishments come after North Korea introduced the Law on the Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture act.
The bill means that anyone who watches, owns or distributes media from capital countries will be punished.
As reported by RFA, this case marks the first time that the country’s government will be applying the new law to a case involving minors.
In the aftermath of the crime, authorities have reportedly upped their game when it comes to detecting foreign media.
An anonymous second source also informed the outlet: “The residents are all trembling in fear because they will be mercilessly punished for buying or selling memory storage devices, no matter how small.”
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