Squid Game: a high school student sentenced to death for illegally bringing the series to North Korea

A North Korean high school student accused of illegally retrieving the Squid Game series to show it to his friends has reportedly been sentenced to life imprisonment.

The South Korean fiction “Squid Game” has been a hit since its release on the Netfix platform last September. But the series is not accessible in some parts of the world such as North Korea. For this reason, a North Korean high school student has smuggled in the series via the use of a USB stick, where there was illegally downloaded the series.

According to Radio Free Asia, the young man would have been sentenced to death for obtaining Squid Game and have sold it to other students. The report states that authorities in Hamgyong Province caught high school students watching the series and immediately understood that it was trafficking.

The first conviction of minors in North Korea

They were sentenced to five years of forced labor. One of the students got away with it thanks to his parents who paid a bribe of 3,000 dollars (2,674 euros), according to the media. “Teachers and school staff have been made redundant and risk to be sent to isolated mines“, details an official document.

The arrest of the seven students marks the first conviction of minors following the promulgation, in 2020, of the law on “the elimination of reactionary thought and culture”, underlines Variety. The law provides the maximum penalty for watching, conserving or distributing content from capitalist countries, especially from South Korea and the United States, explains Vanity Fair.


Squid Game high school student sentenced death illegally bringing series North Korea

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