North Korea has punished more than 10 military officials after they were caught in possession of “impure” video files.
In particular, an executive will be severely punished for possessing Korean dramas such as “Crash Landing on You“, “Descendants of the Sun” and Japanese pornographic movies. According to a report by Radio Free Asia (RFA) on Feb 21st, North Korea is intensively investigating high-ranking military officials who violated the Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture Law.
Initially, many civilians caught by Surveillance Bureau Group 109 over the past year have been sentenced to hard labor, life in prison or even death. But now the strike force is turning its eyes on high-ranking military officials. As a result, some of the military officers were found to be in possession of impure videos.
A source, who requested anonymity, explained, “The crackdown turned its attention to senior military personnel after a whistleblower told the General Political Bureau that there were banned videos among the entirety of the military command structure.” During the inspection, military officer A working in the communication unit directly under the Command Information Bureau of the General Staff Department was caught with an SD card containing one South Korean movie, 27 South Korean dramas and 40 South Korean songs.
The source revealed, “After they caught him, they began a large-scale inspection of the cellphones on senior unit officers under the Ministry of Defense and General Staff Department.” Another source said, “B, an official of a trading company directly under the Ministry of Defense, was caught with 3 South Korean movies, 10 Japanese pornographic movies, 7 South Korean dramas and 5 American movies.”
In particular, Korean dramas such as “Crash Landing on You” and “Descendants of the Sun” are of particular concern to North Korean authorities. B, a trade official who was in a high position in the Ministry of Defense, was caught watching South Korean dramas, Japanese porn and other foreign movies 3 years ago. However, he was forgiven at the time.
The source revealed, “B was given clemency due to his outstanding performance in foreign trade for the ministry, but this time he will be severely punished in a military trial, with the new Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture law in effect.” The source continued, “The inspection also caught a military officer who was the adjutant to the general of the Ministry of Defense. He had 3 South Korean adult magazines and 20 South Korean superstitious materials on his laptop. He is currently under investigation.”
Finally, the source added, “The military authorities were embarrassed and nervous after the inspection revealed many officers with impure videos at the higher-level units in Pyongyang. All units are nervous as they announce that the 109 Joint Command will begin random inspections.”
Meanwhile, North Korea has been implementing the Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture Law since Dec 2020. The law carries a maximum penalty of death for watching, keeping or distributing media from capitalist countries, particularly from South Korea and the United States.