North Koreans who watch the series deserve this horrible punishment

If almost three months after its release, the hype around the south korean series Squid Game Finally, barely begins to fade, the consequences of the series are still very current. Last month we already revealed to you how the North Korea was using the series Netflix to openly criticize capitalism, and lately the series has been in the spotlight again, but in a tragic affair.

a disproportionate sentence

As reported Kotaku, last week, Radio Free Asia (RFA) revealed that copies of Squid Game had been smuggled into North Korea on USB sticks and SD cards. And today, man who allegedly smuggled copies of Netflix series sentenced to death by a firing squad, according to RFA.

Sources indicate that a North Korean student who allegedly bought the USB stick sentenced to life in prison, while the six other people who watched the show will be required to serve five years of forced labor. Teachers and school administrators were made redundant. They risk exile and having to work in distant mines.

A source of law enforcement in North Hamgyong province reportedly told the Korean service of RFA :

It all started last week when a high school student secretly bought a USB stick 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 showed interest, and they shared the USB stick with them.

Government censors then received a report, thus resulting in the arrest of the students in question.

The terror of censorship

At the beginning of the month, the Washington Post reported that a state-run North Korean website had declared that Squid Game reflected a “unequal society where the strong exploit the weak”, and showed the “bestial” character of the “South Korean capitalist society where humanity is wiped out by extreme competition“.

However, while spokespersons for the North Korean government feel comfortable enough to use the show to launch attacks on their neighbor to the south, note that it is however illegal for North Korean citizens to watch the Netflix series, or any other South Korean television program for that matter. International media, especially the influence of South Korean free market culture, appear to be considered a threat to the power in place in North Korea.

Last year, the country passed a law called “Law on the Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture”, potentially carrying the death penalty for viewing, possessing or distributing media from capitalist countries such as South Korea and the United States.

Sources then declared to RFA :

– The police do not laugh with the new law, and fiercely try to eradicate every form of capitalist culture.

– But regardless of the severity of the government crackdown, rumors circulate that, among the seven students arrested, one of them, whose parents are wealthy, was able to escape punishment because he bribed the authorities with 3000 US dollars.

– Locals complain that the world is unfair because if parents have money and power, even their children on death row can be released.

Earlier this year, another man was reportedly executed for violating the same law by selling illegal CDs and USB drives filled with South Korean music and shows. This we recalls that censorship in North Korea is among the most extreme in the world, where there is an absence of private or independent media, a blocking of websites, a jamming of foreign media but also increased surveillance of journalists.