In a horrific incident reported from North Korea, the country’s firing squad reportedly executed two minors for watching and sharing k-drama (term for South Korean television drama series). Further, another minor boy was executed alongside the two minors for allegedly murdering his stepmother. Locals were informed by the authorities that the crime of the other two minors were “equally evil”.
As per reports, the incident occurred in October earlier this year, only to be reported recently. A Mirror report gave a detailed account of the incident. “The authorities put the teen-aged students in front of the public, sentenced them to death, and immediately shot them. Those who watch or distribute South Korean movies and dramas, and those who disrupt social order by murdering other people, will not be forgiven and will be sentenced to the maximum penalty–death”, the report read.
For the unversed, foreign media, especially content from South Korea, is banned in North Korea. The ties of the neighbouring countries have worsened over the course of years. Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un considers South Korea to be an “American puppet state” and Nouth Korea’s biggest enemy.
As per a New York Times report from 2021, at least seven people have been publicly executed in North Korea in the past decade for watching K-pop and K-drama.
The Facts of the Matter
Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, has vocally condemned South Korea, and has also criticized its culture and entertainment. Under a law implemented in December 2020, distribution of South Korean media is punishable and the accused can face death penalty under such situations.
Minors in North Korea Executed
In one such recent incident, at least two minors were reportedly executed by the country’s firing squad for watching and sharing k-drama. According to reports, the incident took place sometime in October, but was reported only until recently.
“The authorities put the teen-aged students in front of the public, sentenced them to death, and immediately shot them. Those who watch or distribute South Korean movies and dramas, and those who disrupt social order by murdering other people, will not be forgiven and will be sentenced to the maximum penalty–death,” read a Mirror report.
Deceased Minors Watched K-drama & American Shows
According to reports, the minors had met at a high school in North Korea’s Ryanggang, where they watched K-drama and American television shows. The teenagers were subsequentrally arrested, sentenced to death, and were shot down by the firing squad at an air field.
As per reports, another minor was also executed the same time as he was found to be accused of murdering his stepmother. The offences of the two other minors – watching K-Drama – was “equally evil”, the reports read.
North Korea’s Ban on Foreign Content
The development comes after North Korea implemented a law, banning foreign media to further control the ideologies and culture of its citizens. The crackdown was also looked as North Korea’s way of banning South Korean media, which is widely loved across the world.
At Least 7 Publicly Executed for Watching K-drama
As per a New York Times report, at least 7 people have been publicly executed for watching and sharing K-drama and K-pop videos, in the last 10 years. Although it continues to remain unclear the magnitude of public executions in the totalitarian country, human rights groups based in Seoul have shed the light on the grim and concerning state of the country’s citizens.