For smuggling copies of Squid Game into North Korea, a man was executed by firing squad.


For smuggling copies of Squid Game into North Korea, a man was shot and killed by a firing squad.

The South Korean-produced show has enraged some North Korean political circles, who believe Dear Leader is making a not-so-subtle dig at the communist state.

In North Korea, a man was sentenced to death for smuggling and selling copies of Netflix’s hit show Squid Game.

Just one week after the Brinkwire reported on the show’s popularity in the communist state, Dear Leader appears to be cracking down on those who are bringing it in.

Because Netflix isn’t available in North Korea, professional smugglers have resorted to pirating the show and bringing it into the country on USBs or DVDs.

However, a source told Radio Free Asia that the man was killed by a “firing squad.”

Another student who obtained the USB was sentenced to life in prison.

His spectators, on the other hand, got off a little easier, as they only have to serve five years in a hard labor camp.

There are also reports of teachers and school staff being sent to “remote mines” at one school.

“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,” a local North Korean police officer told RFA.

“The friend told a few other students about it, and they became interested, so they shared the flash drive with them.”

“The censors in 109 Sangmu, who had received a tip, caught them.”

Surveillance Bureau Group 109 is a secret service unit that monitors people who are watching “illegal” material.

The arrests are believed to be the first made under the new Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture law, which carries a death penalty for watching, keeping, or distributing media from “capitalist” countries, particularly South Korea and America.

“Residents are terrified,” the source added, “because the seven will be interrogated mercilessly until authorities figure out how the drama was smuggled in with the border closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

“It means that the bloody winds of investigation and punishment are about to blow,” the source said, implying that a lengthy investigation would reveal the chain of distribution as each new person under investigation would be forced to tell where they got their copy and who else they shared it with.

“The government is taking this incident very seriously, claiming that it will have an impact on the students’ education.”

The news is summarized on Brinkwire.


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