20 years in prison for distributing and selling impure publications… Punishment without mercy

It is reported that North Korea has sentenced a woman in her 20s to 20 years in prison for distributing a large amount of impure publications. /Photo = Daily NK

It is reported that North Korea has sentenced a woman in her 20s to 20 years in prison for distributing a large amount of impure publications.

Although North Korea is strengthening its crackdown on the influx of Korean Wave, such as Korean movies, dramas, and songs, it seems that the level of punishment is increasing as the number of young people who enjoy and admire outside culture does not decrease.

According to a Daily NK source in South Pyongan Province on the 6th, Choi, a woman in her 20s who mass-distributed USB and SD cards containing cultural contents such as Korean movies and dramas in Gaecheon-si in early last month, was sent to the Gaecheon 82nd Coalition Command (Anti-Socialist/Non-Socialist) The combined command unit) was arrested by the combined strike force.

The source said, “Mr. Choi was sentenced to 20 years in prison as charges of promoting external culture ahead of the Day of the Sun (Kim Il-sung’s birthday, April 15) were added to the charges of illegal sale and distribution of recordings not approved by the state.”

In particular, it is said that an intensive investigation was carried out against Choi as he was arrested for selling impure publications on the eve of the 110th anniversary of the Sun’s Day.

Choi is known to have confessed to illegally selling and distributing Korean films and dramas, which fall under the category of impure published propaganda, during an investigation by the 82nd Joint Headquarters. In particular, SD cards containing Korean movies and dramas have been sold for between $20 and $70 depending on the number, and some even watched them with friends gathered on holidays or birthdays.

In this regard, in December 2020, North Korea adopted the ‘Reactionary Ideology and Culture Rejection Act’. According to the explanatory data on the Anti-Reactionary Ideology and Culture Rejection Act obtained last year by the Daily News, North Korea states that ‘Those who directly see, listen to, import, or distribute South Korean films, recordings, compilations, books, songs, pictures, etc. It stipulated that the punishment shall be ‘corrective punishment’ (Article 27) and ‘according to normal circumstances, it shall be punished by correctional labor imprisonment for life or the death penalty’.

North Korea’s sentence of Choi to imprisonment exceeding the legally stipulated period of imprisonment (up to 15 years) was analyzed with the intention of creating a sense of fear by showing that anti-socialist and non-socialist acts are subject to stronger punishment. do.

As such, North Korea believes that those who illegally distribute or sell foreign content are the cause of the people’s exposure to capitalist culture that threatens the system, and continues to crack down on them intensively by enacting a law that includes punishment rules for related actions.

Nevertheless, when USB and SD cards containing Hallyu contents such as Korean movies and dramas are publicly distributed, they are showing their will to never condone or forgive acts against the system with strong punishment.

Above all, in the case of Choi, it was reported that the investigation and trial were swiftly conducted within ten days of his arrest.

The source said, “Mr. Choi was severely punished because the incident was caught in the context of intensively conducting ideological education projects for young people.” It is a case of showing that we will not do it,” he said.

He added, “The government is moving quickly with regards to South Korean (South Korean) movies and dramas.” He added, “Despite the tightening of censorship and crackdowns, the residents who have boldly sold or purchased USB or SD cards containing foreign movies have also been somewhat affected by this incident. It looks like it will crouch,” he added.


Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.

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