When the Netflix Squid Game series aired, it immediately became a worldwide success, with viewers praising the series for combining the distances of nostalgia, violence and the harsh reality of capitalism. However, one place where the series was not played was North Korea.
Recent reports have shown that North Korean students were able to find ways to watch the series as they could not watch it with the usual methods.
Radio Free Asia (RFA), an American media outlet focusing on its news North Korea, recently published an article stating that high school students caught watching and distributing the show received severe punishments.
At its most extreme, the RFA reported that a man had been sentenced to death for smuggling and selling copies of Squid Game. It all happened after authorities caught seven high school students watching the series.
According to sources, The man brought a copy of Squid Game to North Korea from China and sold USB flash drives containing the series. The report says that the man will be executed in a way that resembles the way Squid Game contestants were killed.
Students caught watching the show as well as school staff have been punished.
"One student who bought a record was sentenced to life in prison, while six others who attended the show were sentenced to five years of forced labor and teachers and school principals were fired and sentenced to exile for working in remote mines," the RFA said.
The Squid Game series shows a society where some people are confronted with some Korean Korean toys. The players who lose are killed. Many compare the series to those living under the dictatorship.
It is not the only Squid Game that has been banned in the country. North Korea has a strict material ban from the West and South Korea. The law carries the maximum death penalty for monitoring, maintaining or distributing media from capitalist countries, particularly South Korea and the United States.
Source of information: koreaboo.com