According to reports, North Korea murdered two high school students for watching and widely disseminating South Korean drama series among their peers. Viewing and distributing K-dramas is against the law in Korea.
Details about North Korea executes 2 minors for watching and widely spreading K-dramas
The youngsters were murdered for watching and distributing South Korean movies in a rare exhibition of retribution under the Kim Jong Un dictatorship, reports Radio Free Asia, citing two sources who witnessed it.
The youngsters met in early October at a high school in North Korea’s Ryanggang Province, which shares a border with China, where they watched multiple Korean and American drama productions, according to The Independent, citing Korean media.
According to the account, the teens were taken before the public, sentenced to death, and then shot down by officials at a city airfield.
The “crimes” committed by the teenagers were “evil,” according to the Korean regime, and residents in the neighborhood were compelled to see the execution.
In 2020, North Korea implemented a rule overseeing ideological and cultural instruments, as well as a prohibition on outside information and influence, in response to the increased popularity of Korean dramas and music.
To avoid penalties or, worse, incarceration, South Korean shows are smuggled on flash drives and watched behind closed doors.