A report by Radio Free Asia said a man who smuggled ‘Squid Game’ into the country is to be executed by firing squad. Also, a high school student who purchased the popular movie on a USB drive will be sentenced to life in prison.
North Korea has always been known for its dark, harsh living conditions. Now it appears that they are coming down hard on people who distribute or watch Netflix’s hit show “Squid Game.”
Radio Free Asia reported that a man there was sentenced to death for smuggling in the hit show. Another six high school students who watched the show were sentenced to five years of hard labor RFA reported.
Their supervisors were also punished, with teachers and school administrators fired, banished to work in remote mines, RFA said.
RFA is a US government-funded nonprofit news service that serves audiences in Asia.
“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.” The students got caught by the government censors after a tip-off, the source told RFA.
“North Korean government is taking this incident very seriously, saying that the student’s education was neglected,” RFA’s source said.
Despite the threat of retribution, smuggled illegal copies of “Squid Game” have been making their way into North Korea.