Why Were Two North Korea teens 16 and 17 Executed for Watching k-Drama?

North Korean law forbids its citizens from watching or spreading K-dramas. Two North Korean teenagers, ages 16 and 17 bonded over their shared love of South Korean and American dramas during a meeting at a school in the province of Ryanggang in October. According to the reports, the two teenagers were shot to death in front of onlookers at a city airfield.

Although the killings occurred in October, news of them only broke this past week Apparently, two North Korean high school students were executed for the crime of watching South Korean and American films. North Korean law forbids its citizens from watching or spreading K-dramas.

Two North Korea teens 16 and 17 Executed for Watching k-Drama
Two North Korea teens 16 and 17 Executed for Watching k-Drama

According to the Independent, the two teenagers 16 and 17 years old met in October at a school in North Korea’s Ryanggang Province where they shared a love of South Korean and American drama shows. According to the Mirror, the two teenagers were shot to death in front of onlookers at a city airfield. Although the killings occurred in October news of them only broke this past week.

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The government claimed the two boys committed evil acts, so they had the citizens watch their execution in horror. On the first anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death, North Korea declared 11 days of mourning. During that time residents were not permitted to enjoy such liberties as laughing going to the mall or imbibing alcoholic beverages.

Two North Korea teens 16 and 17 Executed for Watching k-Drama
Two North Korea teens 16 and 17 Executed for Watching k-Drama

A crackdown on Korean shows that were becoming increasingly popular led the government in 2020 to ban foreign information and influence. In order to avoid being fined, imprisoned or even killed for watching South Korean shows many people smuggle them in on flash drives and watch them in secret.

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