North Korean sentenced to death for smuggling ‘Squid Game’ in USB drive
A North Korean man has been sentenced to death, as he smuggled and sold copies of the Netflix series "Squid Game", after authorities caught seven high school students watching the show, as per reports.
The smuggler is said to have brought a copy of "Squid Game" into North Korea back from China, and sold USB flash drives containing the series. Reports claim that his sentence would be carried out by firing squad.
Furthermore, a student who bought a drive received a life sentence, while six others who watched "Squid Game" have been sentenced to five years hard labour, and teachers and school administrators have been fired, and set to face banishment to work in remote mines or themselves, as per reports.
North Korea has deployed its best efforts to keep foreign content out of the country by employing strict measures.
The arrest of the seven students for watching Squid Game marks the first time that the North Krean government is applying the newly passed law on the "Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture," in a case involving minors.
The law, passed last year, carries a maximum penalty of death for watching, keeping, or distributing media from capitalist countries, particularly from South Korea and the USA.