Every American fortunate enough to live in this country can be even more thankful that they don’t live in North Korea on Thanksgiving. A report by Radio Free Asia referenced unnamed sources inside North Korea (it’s understandable why they are unnamed) who say a North Korean man who smuggled and sold copies of “Squid Game” will be executed by firing squad.
A high school student who purchased a USB drive with the Netflix show on it will be sentenced to life in prison.
The media outlet reported that six other high school students who watched the show would be sentenced to five years of hard labor. The school teachers and supervisors of the students who watched it are reportedly forced to work in remote mines.
Here’s what a law enforcement official (unnamed) told RFA’s Korean outlet.
“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.”
Even though North Korean’s are aware of the strict rules in place in their country forbidding them from watching the show, illegal copies are trickling in.
A law in North Korea allows the government to punish minors for distribution, watching, or keeping media from capitalist countries like South Korea or the US.
Let this story serve as another reason to be grateful for living in the greatest country in the world.