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North Korean citizen sentenced to death for selling copies of Squid Game

12:36, 25 November 2021
North Korean citizen sentenced to death for selling copies of Squid Game Photo: Netflix/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

In North Korea, a local resident was sentenced to death for smuggling and reselling copies of The Squid Game, Radio Free Asia reported.


The man downloaded the series in China, after which he transferred it to USB drives and sold them to his compatriots. The schoolboy who bought the TV show received a life sentence, and six others who watched The Squid Game were sentenced to five years of hard labor.

“The government is taking this incident very seriously, claiming that such incidents spoil the education of young people.The Central Committee dismissed the school director, the secretary for youth affairs, and the class teacher,” the Radio Free Asia cited a source.

Last year, the DPRK adopted a law that provides punishment for the smuggling and distribution of video products imported from capitalist countries, in particular from South Korea and the United States.

The British tabloid Mirror reported last week that North Koreans began watching The Squid Game en masse.

Squid Game is Netflix Korea’s TV show where a group of people plays through deadly games to win a huge cash prize. The TV show was released in September and by mid-October, The Squid Game had become the most-watched series in Netflix history.

According to Bloomberg, Netflix was expected to gain more than $900 million in value from the show.