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Kim Jong Un's new secret squads will execute anyone who watches pornography as part of the North Korean dictator's effort to crack down on

Kim Jong Un’s new secret squads will execute anyone who watches pornography as part of the North Korean dictator’s efforts to crack down on “foreign influences”.

Law enforcement is working to stamp out foreign TV, haircuts and even birthday parties, according to defector testimony included in a new report.

The squads, known as “gruppa” or “non-socialist groups”, are tasked by Pyongyang with prosecuting violations of official Communist Party ideology.

“The groups operate as a hidden tool, which is used by the government to achieve its ultimate goals of pervasive surveillance and the ability to scrutinize every resident thoroughly,” the report said.

Kim Jong Un's new secret squads will execute anyone who watches pornography as part of the North Korean dictator's effort to crack down on

Kim Jong Un’s new secret squads will execute anyone who watches pornography as part of the North Korean dictator’s efforts to crack down on “foreign influences”. Pictured: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at a meeting of the Workers’ Party of Korea in December (file photo)

Foreign media, especially anything considered “Western”, is strictly banned in North Korea – which brainwashes its people into unquestionably supporting Kim Jong Un and his ruling regime. Any dispute is severely punished.

The dictator views South Korea as an American puppet state and is very sensitive to any media crossing the Chinese border, fearing the influence it might have.

For some time now, any sign that someone may have consumed Southern media has had dire consequences.

Now, according to the Seoul-based Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB) report, Kim is tightening his grip on the gruppa even more.

Citizens are prosecuted for everything from defection, drug trafficking, smuggling and begging, absence from work, traffic violations, adultery, dyeing hair, religious practices and “decadent culture” – which may include parties.

“It’s worse than the Kim Jong Il era,” said testimony quoted in the report.

“The border has become narrower, more barbed wire fences have been put up. Additionally, there were instructions to shoot directly at anyone crossing the border.

‘[…] I have heard of people being shot for distributing impure cultural materials. A person was executed for watching pornography and prostituting himself in his home after Kim Jong Un took office.

Kim Jong Un meets with representatives of the Korean Children's Union (KCU) of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released January 1, 2023

Kim Jong Un meets with representatives of the Korean Children’s Union (KCU) of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released January 1, 2023

North Koreans visit and pay their respects at the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday January 22, 2023 in observance of the Lunar New Year

North Koreans visit and pay their respects at the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday January 22, 2023 in observance of the Lunar New Year

“First they check how you dress. Then what kind of music you listen to, what videos you watch, if you dyed your hair […] You cannot have a group birthday party,’ the defector said, according to the report.

“They keep saying don’t have gatherings and don’t drink alcohol because when people are drunk they’ll end up singing one or two South Korean songs for sure.”

The report says secret informants are increasingly concerned about the smuggling and distribution of South Korean media.

Banned songs, movies and TV shows such as “Squid Game” or “Crash Landing on You” are sometimes smuggled into the country on USB sticks.

One of the methods used by the “non-socialist groups” is to cut off the electricity to the homes of people suspected of watching banned media, and thus prevent them from removing DVDs of video tapes from the payer and hiding their “guilt “.

Penalties range from demotion to work, dismissal or even sending to a re-education or labor camp. In the most extreme cases – such as if they were found to be viewing pornography – people could be executed by firing squad.

“If you consume sexual media content in North Korea, you are either punished with a life sentence of ‘reform through labor’ or even executed by firing squad. Watching typical South Korean or American material will result in a sentence of less than ten years of “reform through labor”, according to the testimony of another defector.

Earlier this month, it was reported that four students had been expelled from university and forced to work in a coal mine because they appeared to watch too much foreign television, using accents or southern phrases.

It is believed that the students probably learned to speak by watching media banned by the ruling party.

People visit the statues of former North Korean President Kim Il Sung and President Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill on the occasion of the Lunar New Year in Pyongyang on January 22, 2023

People visit the statues of former North Korean President Kim Il Sung and President Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill on the occasion of the Lunar New Year in Pyongyang on January 22, 2023

In December 2020, North Korea passed the Rejection of Reactionary Thought and Culture Law, which punishes citizens with up to two years of hard labor for those caught speaking, writing or sing in a South Korean style.

The heavy penalty of hard labor can be up to 15 years, while residents caught distributing foreign media content face the death penalty.

It was under this law that two teenagers were executed in October for selling USB sticks containing South Korean TV shows or movies. They were killed by a firing squad.

The two boys, believed to be between 16 and 17 years old, were shot dead at an airfield in front of terrified residents of the town of Hyesan, on the border with China. The news of their death did not appear until two months later, in December.

A third boy of the same age was executed alongside them for the murder of his stepmother, with locals saying the crimes were ‘just as evil’ as the media coverage.

The ruling communist regime uses informants recruited from the general population in order to catch those selling the records and report them to the authorities.

In the case of the two teenagers, one of these spies denounced them for having sold USB keys containing the programs on the local market.

Such executions are rare in North Korea, but not unheard of, and are usually used to terrify people into obeying when authorities fear breaking the rules.

A young North Korean caught watching foreign movies faces being sent to a labor disciplinary centre, a source told Hyesan.

A second offense means being sent to a correctional camp for five years with their parents, as punishment for failing to discipline their children.

But anyone caught distributing or selling South Korean films could face the death penalty, even if they are minors, the source added.

In December 2021, it was reported that at least ten civilians over the previous decade had been killed by firing squad for watching South Korean content.

It was also reported that some officials were executed with anti-aircraft guns.

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