North Korea reportedly executed three high school students for watching and distributing South Korean TV series.
With a law enacted in December 2020 in North Korea, watching and listening to audio-visual content produced in South Korea was considered a crime and it was announced that it would be punishable by death.
According to the news that Yahoo News based on Chosun Ilbo, one of the biggest newspapers in South Korea; Three male high school students living in Hyesan, a city close to the border between North Korea and China, were caught sharing these materials with friends after watching South Korean and American TV series. The 3 high school students who were caught were executed after their interrogation.
Young people who were found to have committed this crime before were not given the death penalty because they were underage.
7 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN EXECUTIVE FOR THE SAME CRIME BEFORE
In North Korea, 7 people were executed for watching and sharing K-pop (South Korean pop music genre) music videos, which Kim Jong-un described as “malignant cancer”.
Despite the bitter consequences, North Korean citizens are known to still consume South Korean content. According to a survey by Unification Media Group, 96 percent of respondents said they watch hit K-dramas like Squid Game and Crash Landing on You.
HE PROHIBITED LAUGHING AND DRINKING IN THE COUNTRY FOR 11 DAYS
In North Korea, which is not known much due to its isolated structure, but many human rights violations have been reported, in December last year, due to the 10th death anniversary of Kim Jong-un‘s father and former North Korean President Kim Jong-il laughing and drinking were banned for 11 days across the country.