North Korean sentenced to execution for smuggling copy of Squid Game into the country

North Korean is executed by firing squad after students were caught watching a copy of Squid Game he smuggled into the country

  • Man believed to have brought a digital copy of Squid Game from China
  • He sold Netflix shows on USB sticks, including to several students
  • They were caught by censors from the North Korean Surveillance Bureau Group 109
  • The man turned out to have brought it back and will now be executed by firing squad



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A North Korean man is to be executed for bringing a copy of Netflix’s Squid Game back to the country.

The smuggler, a student, is said to have returned from China with a digital version of the popular South Korean series on a hidden USB stick.

But after selling copies to several people, including fellow students, he was caught by the country’s security services.

Obviously he will now be executed by firing squad – one of the grim methods by which characters in the series are also killed.

An English council has urged parents not to allow their children to watch the hit Netflix show Squid Game because it is 'violent' and 'graphical'

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The arrests are believed to have taken place in northern Hamgyong. of the country province bordering China in the past week.

Radio Free Asia reported that a student who bought a copy of the disc has since been sentenced to life in prison, while six others who watched the show have been sentenced to five years of hard labor.

North Korea has a strict ban on material from the West and South Korea from entering the country, and officials are now conducting searches of the students’ school to find more foreign media.

Some teachers would have been fired or could be banned as punishment from working in remote mines.

“This all started last week when a high school student secretly bought a USB stick containing the South Korean drama Squid Game and watched it in class with one of his best friends,” a law enforcement source told the publication.

The source said the couple discussed the series with friends who became interested and bought copies of it.

The dystopian world of Squid Game pitting heavily indebted people against each other in Korean kid games where losing players are put to death clearly resonates with the North Koreans living under a dictatorship.

But the students were then caught by the government security service – 109 Sangmu – who had “got a tip” that they were watching a Western TV show.

The arrest of the seven students, the source said, marks the first time the government has applied the recently passed law on the “Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture” in a case involving minors.

The law includes a maximum death penalty for viewing, preserving or distributing media from capitalist countries, especially South Korea and the US.

However, the penalties will not stop with the smuggler and students who watched the video, as others unrelated to the incident will also be held responsible, the source said.

The source added that the government took the incident “very seriously”,

“The Central Committee has fired the headmaster, their youth secretary and their housekeeper.”

Currently the most streamed show in the US and UK, the South Korean series revolves around a fictional game show in which poverty-stricken characters compete in a series of death games to win a £27 million cash prize.

Currently the most streamed show in the US and UK, the South Korean series revolves around a fictional game show in which poverty-stricken characters compete in a series of death games to win a £27 million cash prize.

Currently the most streamed show in the US and UK, the South Korean series revolves around a fictional game show in which poverty-stricken characters compete in a series of death games to win a £27 million cash prize.

They have also been expelled from the party. It is certain that they will be toiled in coal mines or exiled to the countryside of the country, so other school teachers are all concerned that it could happen to them if one of their students is also involved in the study,” the source said. .

In the wake of the students caught, authorities began scouring markets for memory storage devices and video CDs containing foreign media, a county resident told RFA.

“The residents are all trembling with fear because they will be punished mercilessly for buying or selling memory storage devices, no matter how small,” said the second source, who wishes to remain anonymous to speak freely.

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