According to reports, two teenagers, ages 16 and 17, were executed in North Korea for watching South Korean movies. The two boys were executed in front of locals on a Hyesan airfield. According to The Mirror, the execution took place in October, but the details were only recently revealed.
‘The authorities paraded the adolescent students in front of the public, sentenced them to death, and then shot them.’ Those who watch or distribute South Korean movies and dramas, as well as those who disrupt social order by murdering others, will not be forgiven and will face the death penalty,’ according to the report.
Notably, a third boy their age was executed alongside them for the murder of his stepmother. According to the Daily Mail, residents were told that the crimes were “equally evil.”
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It should be noted that foreign media is strictly forbidden in North Korea. Kim Jong-un regards South Korea as not only its most dangerous adversary, but also as an American puppet state, and has prohibited any of its media from crossing the border.
Despite the strict measures in place, USB drives or SD cards containing foreign films are frequently smuggled into the country.
According to a source, one of the spies reported the two teenagers. Notably, anyone caught distributing or selling South Korean films, even if they are minors, faces the death penalty.
In a rare display of punishment in the Kim Jong Un regime, the teenagers were executed for watching and distributing South Korean movies, according to Radio Free Asia, citing two witnesses.
The teenagers met in early October at a high school in North Korea’s Ryanggang Province, which shares a border with China, where they watched several Korean and American drama shows, according to The Independent, citing Korean media.