A North Korean man who smuggled 'Squid Game' into the country is to be executed by firing squad and a high-school student who bought a USB drive with the show will be jailed for life, report says

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Nov 25, 2021, 7:05:06 PM11/25/21
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North Korea appears to have come down hard on people who
distribute or watch "Squid Game."

Citing unnamed sources, Radio Free Asia said a man there was
sentenced to death for smuggling it.

Seven high-school students received harsh sentences for watching
the show, RFA reported.

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.

A law-enforcement source in North Korea's North Hamgyong
province told RFA's Korean service: "This all started last week
when a high-school student secretly bought a USB flash drive
containing the South Korean drama 'Squid Game' and watched it
with one of his best friends in class. The friend told several
other students, who became interested, and they shared the flash
drive with them." The students were caught by government censors
after a tip-off, the source told RFA.

It's the first time the North Korean government has punished
minors under a law that penalizes the distribution, watching, or
keeping of media from capitalist countries like South Korea and
the US, RFA said.

"The government is taking this incident very seriously, saying
that the students' education was being neglected," RFA's source
said.

A source told the outlet that one of the students got off the
hook because they had rich parents who paid a $3,000 bribe.

Last month, a state-run North Korean propaganda website said the
Netflix drama highlighted how South Korea was a place where
"corruption and immoral scoundrels are commonplace." One of the
show's characters was a North Korean defector whose story
highlighted her arduous escape from the country.

Despite the threat of retribution, smuggled, illegal copies of
"Squid Game" have been making their way into North Korea.

A previous article from Radio Free Asia noted that North Koreans
found the financial struggles of the show's characters
"relatable."

Netflix has said the massive hit had the highest first-month
viewership of any of its originals.

https://news.yahoo.com/north-korean-man-smuggled-squid-
040042958.html

JG Rove

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Nov 27, 2021, 1:21:57 PM11/27/21
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So Netflix is ok with copyright violators receiving extreme punishments.
What "law enforcement source" would risk similar punishment for talking to SoKo?

Your Name

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Nov 27, 2021, 3:06:13 PM11/27/21
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It's got nothing to do with Netflix and they need to keep their nose
right out it (if they are even attempting to meddle in the situation!).
The smuggler and those who watched it knew they were doing something
wrong according to that countries laws.

Is it the car maker's fault that some idiot drives through a red
traffic lights? Of course not. People need to take responsibility for
their own actions!

Ed Stasiak

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Nov 28, 2021, 6:07:02 AM11/28/21
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> Connected
>
> Citing unnamed sources, Radio Free Asia said a man there was
> sentenced to death for smuggling it.

If it wasn’t for dumbass Truman getting suckered by Stalin,
the U.S./UN would have won the Korean War and this wouldn’t
be happening.

Adam H. Kerman

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Nov 28, 2021, 11:45:40 AM11/28/21
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Ed Stasiak <edstas...@gmail.com> wrote:

>>Connected

>>Citing unnamed sources, Radio Free Asia said a man there was
>>sentenced to death for smuggling it.

Let's preserve the citation.

https://news.yahoo.com/north-korean-man-smuggled-squid-040042958.html

>If it wasn=E2=80=99t for dumbass Truman getting suckered by Stalin,
>the U.S./UN would have won the Korean War and this wouldn=E2=80=99t
>be happening.

General Jimmy Doolittle called those premature elections which Stalin
won having abolished any other political parties. But it's not clear
that anyone in the White House was consulted. It's funny how partitions
keep leading to further war but the world keeps drawing them. Armistace
lines and temporary military occupation become international boundaries
that no one wants.

Ed Stasiak

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Nov 29, 2021, 4:43:20 PM11/29/21
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> Adam H. Kerman
> > Ed Stasiak
> >
> > If it wasn't for dumbass Truman getting suckered by Stalin,
> > the U.S./UN would have won the Korean War and this wouldn't
> > be happening.
>
> General Jimmy Doolittle called those premature elections which Stalin
> won having abolished any other political parties. But it's not clear
> that anyone in the White House was consulted. It's funny how partitions
> keep leading to further war but the world keeps drawing them. Armistace
> lines and temporary military occupation become international boundaries
> that no one wants.

If dumbass FDR hadn’t been so cozy with “Uncle Joe” Stalin,
Korea wouldn’t have been divided in the first place, all the
more so as the U.S. carried the war against the Japanese
and there was no reason to reward the Soviets for showing
up at the last minute.
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