A video from inside North Korea shows two teenagers being publicly sentenced to 12 years of hard labour for watching Korean TV dramas, a rare glimpse into Kim Jong Un’s reclusive state that comes as its neighbour reports a soaring number of defectors since 2021.
In this video, two 16-year-olds in gray jumpsuits are seen standing in front of hundreds of students in a stadium, with uniformed officers criticizing them for not “deeply reflecting on their mistakes.”
Videos or photos like this are rare for people outside North Korea, as residents are not allowed to leak any evidence of life to other countries. Travellers are also required to follow designated routes, and places where photography is allowed are severely restricted. (NBC)
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