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North Korea: Man executed for "Squid Game" smuggling

In Europe it is discussed: In North Korea it is banned – the Netflix series “Squid Game”. Anyone who violates the ban risks draconian penalties.

Pyongyang – Red full-body suits, black opaque masks and bloody children’s games: the “Squid Game” series is the most successful Netflix production in the history of the streaming service to date. But the hit series from South Korea is a thorn in the side of the regime in neighboring North Korea. While in Europe and the USA primarily the brutality of “Squid Game” is criticized, in North Korea it is the supposedly “capitalist cultural asset”.

Most recently, several people were criminalized in connection with the Netflix series. A man is even said to have to appear before a firing squad. He was sentenced to death for allegedly smuggling Squid Game and circulating it in North Korea. Radio Free Asia reports.

Netflix production reaches North Korea: “Squit Game” case leads to fines for seven students

In addition to the alleged smuggler who was sentenced to death, several students were also convicted. One person is accused of having acquired a USB stick with recordings from the “Squid Game” series. For this he received a life sentence. Six other students were convicted for watching the South Korean Netflix series. They are being sent to a labor camp for five years, Radio Free Asia reports.

The teachers and headmasters of the affected students can also expect harsh punishments from the communist regime. According to an anonymous source on site, Radio Free Asia, they have already been removed from their offices and jobs. Now they face criminal labor in remote mines in Kim Jong-un’s empire.

Netflix hit “Squit Game”: Copies reach North Korea – state reacts with draconian penalties

Last week it was reported that copies of the Netflix series “Squid Game” had come to North Korea. In the isolated country, the authorities are cracking down on foreign media content. The Netflix hit “Squid Game” is said to be particularly popular in North Korea with people in insecure positions and risky professions. In the South Korean drama, marginalized people fight for a horrific amount of money, which increases with every death. The participants compete against each other in traditional South Korean children’s games.

It all started last week when a student secretly bought a USB stick with the South Korean drama “Squid Game” and watched it in class with one of his best friends.

Law Enforcement Agency (North Hamgyong) on Monday (November 21, 2021) opposite Radio Free Asia.

The student was caught sharing the Squid Game stick with other students. The censorship authority was able to come to them on the basis of a tip, as Radio Free Asia writes.

Penalties in North Korea: In the “Squid Game” case, a new law will be applied against minors for the first time

The persons criminalized in connection with “Squid Game” were convicted under a new law. North Korea only introduced this last year.

The law forbids owning, viewing or distributing media content from capitalist countries. The maximum penalty for violating this law is a sentence to death. In the case of the pupils, the so-called “Law for the Elimination of Reactionary Thoughts and Cultural Assets” was applied against minors for the first time. In Germany, meanwhile, experts are sounding the alarm about the Netflix production: “Squid Game” poses a danger to children.

Bribery in North Korea: Was a Student Ransomed After the Squid Game Conviction?

Rumor has it that one of the seven students arrested was released. This is reported by another anonymous source from North Korea against Free Radio Asia.

Accordingly, the defendant is said to have been released in the “Squid Game” trial because his “rich” parents are said to have bribed the authorities with 3,000 US dollars, the Business Insider also reports. According to local sources, it is likely that there will be more arrests related to the smuggled “Squid Game” media in the near future. (Lucas Maier)

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