A North Korean man has been sentenced to death by firing squad after smuggling a digital copy of the Netflix hit TV show Squid Game, it has been reported. The man, a student, is believed to have brought the series back on a hidden USB stick from China. North Korean authorities reportedly caught him after receiving a tip-off from an unidentified source that he was selling copies to several people including fellow students.
He has since been sentenced to death by firing squad, Radio Free Asia has reported. Another student who bought a drive has reportedly been handed a life sentence, while six others who watched the show have been sentenced to five years hard labour.
Teachers and school administrators have also been fired and risk being sent to work in coal mines or exiled to rural parts of the country, sources told RFA. It is believed that the arrests took place in the country's North Hamgyong province over the last week.