Netflix's Korean drama Squid Game has taken the internet by storm. Right from memes to montages of the web series, social media users are having a blast sharing content from the latest trending topic. Apparently, the South Korean survival drama is even getting watched in countries like North Korea, where the show is forbidden.
However, there are fatal consequences for anyone who distributes the show and also for those caught watching it. Surprisingly, it is news for those outside Korea after news broke that a South Korean smuggler was sentenced to death related to the series.
The smuggler was reportedly sentenced to death by firing squad after distributing copies of the show on USB flash drives. The punishment is part of North Korea’s Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture, which is a law aimed at punishing those who illegally distribute and view books, plays, movies, music, and television shows from outside the country.
The authorities discovered illegal copies of Squid Game after a high school student illegally purchased a flash drive and watched it with their best friend during class, reported Radio Free Asia.
Those two friends told other friends about Squid Game, which eventually tipped off a government strike force created explicitly for enforcing the law.
The report also suggests that the student who purchased the hard drive reportedly received a life sentence in prison, and six other students who watched received five years of hard labour.
Furthermore, the government has fired students’ teachers and other school administrators who overlooked or failed to notice the illegal activity. They are also likely to be sent to remote mines to work hard labour.
This has apparently had other educators in North Korea worried who think they’ll suffer the same fate, even though they may not be explicitly involved in illegal activity.
The smuggler sentenced to death is only the latest to face harsh penalties as a result of sneaking illegal media into North Korea. Reports say a man was also sentenced to death by firing squad for distributing CDs and other South Korean media, reports cinema blend.