North Korea is reportedly taking extreme measures to punish people who distribute or watch Netflix’s hit show ‘Squid Game’.
According to Radio Free Asia, North Korea has sentenced a man to death for smuggling and selling copies of the South Korean dystopian series in the country. A high schooler has also been sentenced to life imprisonment for buying a drive containing the show.
Six other high schoolers who watched the series also got five years of hard labour; while their supervisors, teachers and school administrators have been fired.
“This all started last week when a high school student secretly bought a USB flash drive containing the South Korean drama Squid Game and watched it with one of his best friends in class,” a law enforcement source in North Hamgyong province told the RFA. “The friend told several other students, who became interested; and they shared the flash drive with them.”
This will reportedly be the first time the reclusive country is taking such harsh measures on minors under its laws; penalizing the distribution of films from South Korea, US among others.
The dystopian series directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, took the internet by storm in September; after premiering on Netflix to instant acclaim. It follows the story of 456 heavily indebted people; competing for 45.6 billion won ($38.3 million) of prize money in survival games.