North Korea sentences teens for watching K-pop

North Korea sentences teens for watching K-pop

THIS is a video taken in Pyongyang, North Korea, wherein two 16-year-olds have been publicly sentenced to 12 years of hard labor for watching South Korean movies and music videos, as revealed in a video by the South and North Development (SAND) Institute.

The strict measures against South Korean pop culture in North Korea, aimed at controlling information and shaping citizens’ worldviews, are well-established.

This severe punishment serves as a clear warning to the public about engaging with South Korean culture.

Analysts believe that North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un is attempting to counter changing attitudes among millennial and Gen-Z, redirecting them to embrace the traditional North Korean way of life.

Meanwhile, the SAND Institute raises concerns, suggesting the video was edited around 2022, highlighting the regime’s crackdown on cultural influences.


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