At least seven people have been publicly executed in North Korea for watching or distributing K-pop videos, according to a new report from a human rights group.
As outlined by The New York Times, the Seoul-based Transitional Justice Working Group released a report on Wednesday (15 December) detailing the executions under Kim Jong-un’s government.
The publication went on to describe how one of the leader’s tactics to deter citizens from watching or circulating the banned content is to execute offenders in public.
Based on interviews with almost 700 defectors, the report reveals that of the seven who were killed for their involvement with K-pop, six took place in Hyesan between 2012 and 2014.
The North Korean city sits on the border of China and, as such, is often a place where defectors pass through and content including South Korean entertainment is smuggled into the country.
Therefore, Hyesan is a location that has become a place where Kim’s focus is to crack down on the incoming K-pop media and instill fear in the population.