North Korea sA number of its citizens have been publicly executed after they watched K-pop or K-pop music videos, according to a report.
The Transitional Justice Working Group said at least seven people who were found to have watched K-pop videos were executed under North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
K-pop is exported from South Korea, and possession and/or distribution of entertainment from South Korea is punishable by death, according to the communist country’s supreme leader.
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Kim said the influence of music on North Korea would cause the “nation to collapse like a wet wall”.
According to a report, six of the supposed executions took place in the city of Haisan.
The report noted that the city is famous for being a major entertainment business center in South Korea.
The killings reportedly took place between 2012 and 2014, and soldiers allegedly forced citizens and families of victims to watch the executions.
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At least 23 executions were carried out under Kim’s rule, according to interviews with 683 North Korean defectors who fled to South Korea.