Selin ATAY-TDO- North Korea is imposing stiff fines or prison for anyone caught enjoying South Korean entertainment or copying the way South Koreans speak as leader Kim Jong Un steps up a war on outside influences and calls for better homegrown entertainment.
A sweeping new "anti-reactionary thought" law was imposed late last year, and this week new details were reported by a Seoul-based website that reports from sources inside North Korea.
Measures include fines for parents whose children violate the bans, up to 15 years in a prison camp for those caught with media from South Korea, and punishments for the production or distribution of pornography, the use of unregistered televisions, radios, computers, foreign cellphones or other electronic devices, Daily NK reported on Monday, citing explanatory material for the law, which it had obtained.
Anyone caught importing banned material from South Korea faces a life sentence, while those caught importing large amounts of content from the United States or Japan could face death, a Seoul-based website that reports.
Tae Yong-ho, the first North Korean defector to be elected as a South Korean lawmaker said in an interview that "In daytime, the population is shouting ‘long live Kim Jong Un’, but at night they all watch South Korean dramas and movies.”