A man was allegedly executed after smuggling copies of Netflix’s hit show ‘Squid Game’ into North Korea, Forbes reported Wednesday.
The man faced a firing squad when North Korean officials caught the man distributing illegal copies of the Netflix show. Others will reportedly face severe repercussions for playing a role in the scheme, according to Forbes.
Forbes cited a report from Radio Free Asia, a U.S. government-funded media outlet, when North Korea enforced its “Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture” policy, which sets the maximum penalty for “watching, keeping, or distributing media from capitalist countries” as execution. (RELATED: ‘Squid Game’ Creator Hwang Dong-Hyuk Says There Was An Alternate Ending With Gi-Hun Getting On The Plane)
RFA reported that the man “smuggled and sold” copies of the show through USB flash drives but did not act alone. 7 students and an unknown group of teachers were severely punished as officials charged them with life sentences and 5 years of hard labor, according to the report.
RFA’s report received an anonymous tip claiming one of the students arrested in the crackdown was not punished because of a $3,000 bribe given to officials from their “rich parents”. The anonymous source also said the general public in North Korea are fearing for their livelihoods, stating that “the residents are all trembling in fear because they will be mercilessly punished for buying or selling memory storage devices, no matter how small.”
Netflix released ‘Squid Game’ in September and quickly became a hit sensation as it became Netflix’s most-streamed series ever, Forbes reported.