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Two Fake Stories about the DPRK in November 2021

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Anti-Pyongyang propaganda periodically delights the world with horror stories in the DPRK, which circulate well in the media and which now must be clarified. It happened twice in the second half of November.

On November 16, Radio Free Asia, a private non-profit news service funded by the US government, told the world the heartbreaking story that a smuggler who had smuggled copies of the Netflix series Squid Games into the country had been executed by shooting in North Korea. According to a (naturally) anonymous source, the man was traced thanks to the capture of seven high school students. The schoolboy who had bought the flash drive was sentenced to life imprisonment. The others were sentenced to five years of hard labor. Radio Free Asia’s law enforcement source said that the sentencing for the series is the first case of juvenile execution since North Korea passed the “Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture” act in January 2021. According to the same anonymous sources and the evidence they presented in the form of a sheet of unknown text typed on a typewriter without any attribution, distributing, watching, or storing films or books from the capitalist countries of South Korea and the USA is now punishable by death.

With added drama to the original data, The Daily Mail published this fake news. A smuggler who simply imported USB sticks and memory cards with a South Korean TV series turned into a high school or college student who sold copies to just a few people, including fellow students or simply arranged to watch together. However, “it was reported to the authorities,” and searches were conducted throughout the school and nearby markets. The school principal, youth secretary, and the class teacher were dismissed. “They will certainly be sent to toil in coal mines or exiled to rural parts of the country, so other school teachers are all worrying that it could happen to them too if one of their students is also caught up in the investigation.” “The residents are all trembling in fear because they will be mercilessly punished for buying or selling memory storage devices, no matter how small,” said the anonymous witnesses smearing virtual tears, because “soon will blow the bloody winds of investigation and punishment.”

However, since the world must be unfair, it was immediately revealed that there has been speculation that one with wealthy parents avoided punishment among the seven students arrested because his parents had bribed the authorities with $3,000. It wasn’t without a philosophical debate: it turns out that the dystopian world of the game, “where losers are put to death, was clearly echoed by North Koreans living under a dictatorship.” One of the characters played by actress Jung Ho-yeon, a defector from North Korea, is allegedly especially liked by the residents of the North.

Attached to the story was a survey of 200 defectors living in South Korea, in which 90% said they had used foreign media while living in the North, and 75% said they knew someone who had been punished for it.

But is it all like that? First, the border is tightly closed. If there is any movement at all, it........

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