By: Natasha Archary
A student in North Korea has reportedly been sentenced to death for smuggling in a copy of the controversial Netflix series Squid Game.
North Korea is cracking down hard on anyone caught watching dystopian graphic show. This after the East Asian country passed the “Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture Act” last year.
The law carries a maximum penalty of death for watching, keeping, or distributing media from capitalist countries, particularly from South Korea and the US.
According to Radio Free Asia, several students were caught watching the show after a copy was smuggled into the country on a USB.
Now reports suggest the smuggler has been sentenced to death via firing squad, while 6 others who are accused of watching the show has been sentenced to 5-years hard labour.
Further to this teachers and school administrators have been fired from their teaching posts and may face being banished to work in remote mines.
The Netflix show has been a topic of contention in the North Korean dictatorship. Squid Game became one of the streaming platform’s most-viewed titles, garnering millions of streams across the world.
Netflix is not available in China but copies of the series has been pirated widely across the country.
The RFA reports that more students may be implicated as the investigation continues.
One of the students was able to pay their way out of any action being taken after his parents paid a $3000 bribe.