Man Sentenced to Death in North Korea For Smuggling Copies of ‘Squid Game’ into Country

It’s widely known how secluded and reclusive North Korea is. Smuggling anything in or out could result in life or death consequences. Unfortunately, this is true for one man who smuggled copies of Squid Game into the strict country. Squid Game is a popular South Korean Netflix show that’s been watched across the globe. It’s fair to say that this man who smuggled the copies in was just trying to provide some entertainment for the people of North Korea.

Squid Game North Korea

However, Radio Free Asia (RFA) has reported that this man has been sentenced to death after North Korean authorities caught some high school students watching Squid Game. The smuggler faces death by firing squad after smuggling the show in through China on USB flash drives.

RFA reports:

“A student who bought a drive received a life sentence, while six others who watched the show have been sentenced to five years hard labor, and teachers and school administrators have been fired and face banishment to work in remote mines.”

In addition, RFA also reports there is a “great public anxiety” over the fate of the high school students caught watching Squid Game. This severe punishment comes from the December 2020 law called the Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture act. This prohibits movies, music, and other media from other countries (specifically the U.S. and South Korea) from entering North Korea. Squid Game not only centers in South Korea, but features a character that’s defected from North Korea – something also punishable by death in North Korea.

Source: Variety

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