North Korea: Rare footage shows teens sentenced to hard labour over K-drama

Rare footage obtained by BBC Korean shows North Korea publicly sentencing two teenage boys to 12 years of hard labour for watching K-dramas.

The footage, which appears to have been filmed in 2022, shows two 16-year-old boys handcuffed in front of hundreds of students at an outdoor stadium.

It also shows uniformed officers reprimanding the boys for not “deeply reflecting on their mistakes”. 

South Korean entertainment, including TV, is banned in the North. 

Despite that, some are prepared to risk severe punishment to access K-dramas, which have a huge global audience.

Dictators gonna dictate, as they say. It is interesting how we react to direct action control vs coercive control. Not to mention “mounting tensions in the area”. World War Three vibes anyone?