A North Korean man who smuggled “Squid Game” into the country is to be executed by the firing squad

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North Korean defector Kang Sae-byeok (player 067) in Squid Game.

  • A North Korean high school student watched “Squid Game” with his best friend who shared it with others.
  • They were caught by censors following a tip, according to a report from Radio Free Asia.
  • One of them escaped thanks to wealthy parents who paid a $ 3,000 bribe, the store reported.
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North Korea is cracking down on those who distribute or watch Netflix’s hit “Squid Game”.

The withdrawn country has sentenced a man who smuggled the dystopian drama to death by shooting, while a high school student who bought a unit that contained the program received a life sentence, according to Radio Free Asia (RFA,) refers to sources within the country.

Another six high school students watching the series have also been sentenced to five years of hard work, RFA reported. Their supervisors have also been punished, with teachers and school administrators fired. They can be deported to work in remote mines, the media added.

The South Korean series tells the story of 456 debt-ridden people competing for 45.6 billion won ($ 38.3 million) in prize money in brutal survival games.

“This started last week when a high school student secretly bought a USB memory stick containing the South Korean drama Squid Game and saw it with one of his best friends in the class,” a North Hamgyong province police source told RFA’s Korean service . “The friend told several other students, who became interested, and they shared the flash drive with them.”

The students were caught by the government’s censors after a tip, the source tells RFA. This is the first time the North Korean government punishes minors under a law that punishes the distribution, viewing or storage of media from capitalist countries such as South Korea and the United States, RFA added.

“The government takes this incident very seriously and says that students’ education was neglected,” said RFA’s source.

One of the students got away with it thanks to rich parents who paid a bribe of 3,000 dollars, the store reported.

Last month, a state North Korean propaganda website said the Netflix drama highlighted how South Korea is where “corruption and immoral villains are commonplace”. The show also featured a North Korean defector whose story highlighted her arduous escape from the north.

Despite the threat of retaliation, smuggled, illegal copies of “Squid Game” has entered North Korea.

An earlier article from Radio Free Asia noted that North Koreans found the economic struggle for the series characters “related”.

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