A man was sentenced to die by firing squad for selling copies of Netflix’s smash hit series “Squid Game” in North Korea.
The North Korean authorities imposed the death penalty after they caught the man smuggling copies of the Korean-language show on USB drives from China into North Korea, where seven high school students were caught watching the footage.
Based on a North Korean law “Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture” which was passed last year, anyone caught watching, in possession, or distributing media from capitalist countries like South Korea and the US will receive the maximum penalty of death.
It was learned that aside from the man, a student who bought one of the flash drives received a life sentence, while six others who watched the footage have been sentenced to five years of hard labor. Teachers and administrators at the school were also fired or faced forced labor in remote mines.
It was further learned that the hit dystopian, graphic, and violent show about 456 debt-ridden South Koreans playing a series of life-or-death children’s games for a chance to win $38 million resonates with North Koreans, especially the rich residents of Pyongyang.