The third is said to have killed his stepmother.
It reports Radio Free Asia (RFA)who writes that the teenagers were between 16 and 17 years old.
“Those who watch or distribute South Korean movies and dramas, and those who disrupt social order by killing others, will not be forgiven and will be given the maximum penalty – death.”
That’s what a government official said when the executions were carried out, according to sources that RFA has spoken to.
Smuggled in memory chips
Executions were carried out by shooting in the city of Hyesan in October, but are only being discussed now.
The teenagers are said to have been caught when they smuggled in memory chips with the films and tried to sell them on, but the authorities had placed spies among the population who uncovered the attempt.
The rest of the population must have been ordered to watch the executions to scare them into doing the same, writes RFA.
Fears the culture is contagious
North Korean authorities fear that South Korean and Western culture will spill over into the population, especially the young.
That is why they crack down hard on the spread of foreign films, TV series and music.
Last year, for example, became a North Korean sentenced to death for smuggling the popular Netflix series “Squid Game”. In the same year, a report came out which revealed that the authorities have used Korean pop music (K-pop) as justification for several executions in recent years.
It was in December 2020 that North Korea introduced the law that allows public executions of people who have distributed or viewed South Korean media.
In the country, however, it is problematic to get access to information, and it is therefore difficult to get a full overview of the use of the death penalty, Amnesty has previously stated.
In the report published last year by the South Korean non-governmental human rights organization Transitional Justice Working Group, which was based on 683 interviews of North Korean refugees, it was found that at least 23 similar executions can be documented from 2015 to December 2021.