- A US Intelligence backed Radio Free Asia report, citing unnamed sources inside North Korea, claims that a man who smuggled and sold the dystopian South Korean drama has been sentenced to death by firing squad.
- RFA also claimed that six high schoolers who watched the show were said to be sentenced to five years of hard labor, with teachers and school administrators fired or possibly banished to work in remote mines.
- A North Korean state-run website points out that the series spotlights South Korea as a capitalist country where “corruption and immoral scoundrels are commonplace.”
Huileng Tan from Insider writes:
“North Korea appears to have come down hard on people who distribute or watch Netflix ‘s hit show “Squid Game.”
A report by Radio Free Asia cited unnamed sources inside North Korea as saying a man who smuggled and sold the dystopian drama had been sentenced to death by firing squad and a high schooler who bought a USB drive containing the show was sentenced to life in prison.
Another six high schoolers who watched the show were said to be sentenced to five years of hard labor, RFA reported. Their supervisors were also said to be punished, with teachers and school administrators fired, possibly to be banished to work in remote mines, RFA said.
RFA is a US government-funded nonprofit news service that serves audiences in Asia. It says its aim is to “provide accurate and timely news and information to Asian countries whose governments prohibit access to a free press.”
The South Korean television series “Squid Game” tells the story of 456 debt-laden people competing for 45.6 billion won, or $38.3 million, of prize money in brutal survival games…”
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