A North Korean man was reportedly sentenced to death by authorities after being found distributing a copy of the Netflix series “Squid Game,” which Pyongyang says reflects South Korea’s “beast” society. ing.
according to Radio Free Asia (RFA), Individuals smuggled a copy of the hit Korean Netflix via a USB flash drive and sold it in North Korea. He was sentenced to death by firing squad after authorities found seven high school students watching a nine-part thriller series in class.
North Korea’s propaganda website last month said South Korea’s capitalism that the show “corruption and immoral villains are commonplace” and “an unequal society where rich people are treated like chess pieces for the rich.” He said he would reveal the reality of culture.
North Korea’s Arirang Marysite said, “It is said that people will realize the sad reality of the beast-like Korean society that human beings will be forced into fierce competition and human beings will be destroyed.”
According to North Korean sources, students who purchased a USB flash drive containing the series were sentenced to life imprisonment, and six other students were sentenced to five years of hard work, the RFA reported.
“It all started last week when a high school student secretly bought a USB flash drive containing the Korean drama” Squid Game “and watched it with one of his best friends in the class,” said North Korea’s North Ham Kyung. An unnamed law enforcement source told RFA’s Korean service on Monday.
“A friend told some other students who were interested, and they shared a flash drive with them. They were captured by a 109 Sangmu censor who had a tip-off,” sources said. Added.
The RFA reported that North Korea has a government strike unit named Surveillance Bureau Group 109 that targets individuals watching videos banned in the country.
North Korea enjoys South Korean entertainment and imitates Korean speech, and as Prime Minister Kim Jong Un strengthens the fight against external influences and seeks better homemade entertainment, he is fined and imprisoned. I am imposing.
A radical new “reactionary thought” law came into force at the end of last year, with the greatest death penalty for viewing, obtaining and distributing media from counties, including South Korea and the United States.
North Korean defectors Yeonmi Park presents Netflix’s most watched show, “A very accurate depiction of North Korea’s plight in South Korea and the journey they take to free themselves.” I explained that I was doing it.
However, she expressed concern over the apparent demonization of show inequality.
“Inequality is a sign of opportunity,” she says. Said in a video on her YouTube channel During October. “When I was in North Korea, everyone was very dirty. When I came to South Korea and the United States, I heard that there were millionaires, millionaires. They founded companies such as Tesla and SpaceX. And those who invented new things. “
“In North Korea, everyone is poor because no one is allowed to invent, and there is a lot of demonization and hostility to wealth. I keep telling people that inequality does not mean poverty. No, poverty is what we need to fight, “Park continued.
“In the United States, we have the opportunity to make honest money, feed our children, and get an education, but in North Korea we can’t,” she added. “That’s why I’m now interested in the media focusing on inequality and portraying the main. [‘Squid Game’] An undisciplined character is a bad father as a hero. “
The director of “Squid Game” said the popular show is likely to return to the second season.
Hwang Dong-hyuk said in an interview on November 8 that “season 2 negotiations are underway.” I have a basic story, a wide range of plans, so I’m in the brainstorming stage.
“We’re going to say we have a second season, but we can’t say it someday,” fans added.
Reuters contributed to this report.