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Regular Things That Are Illegal In North Korea
Unless you've been living in a bubble these
last few years, you've definitely heard

of the world's most secretive country, North
Korea.

Because the country has allowed some foreign
visitors to enter, and because information

has been received from defectors, we've
been learning some totally bizarre things

about the way North Koreans are forced to
live their lives in their own bubble, sheltered

from the rest of the world by a controlling
dictator.

We feel sorry for them, which is why we think
it's important for us to focus on what's

really going on there.
That's what we'll look in to today, in
this episode of the Infographics Show, Regular

Things That Are Illegal In North Korea.
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North Korea is so serious about controlling
crime and its citizens, that when various

crimes are committed, not only is the assailant
punished, but their entire bloodline for 3

generations, too.
Whole families and even entire villages have
been publicly executed for the pettiest of

crimes, in order to teach people a lesson.
If someone is lucky enough to escape from
a North Korean prison camp, their whole family

will be captured and brought into the camp
to replace them.

Let's begin with Sarcasm.
Some of you may have seen the 2014 comedy
titled 'The Interview' in which Kim Jong

Un had the absolute piss taken out of him.
Well apparently he wasn't too happy about
that and his regime put out terrorist threats

to try to shut it down.
They even allegedly hacked into Sony Pictures'
servers.

In an attempt to avoid any further laughs
at his expense, the fearful dictator banned

all sarcastic comments about him and North
Korea.

He particularly doesn't like anyone using
the phrase “It's all America's fault”,

or him being described as “A fool who cannot
see the outside world,” and doing so will

land you in a prison camp.
Oh and you can forget about rolling your eyes
too.

Next up: Mourning without meaning it.
When a North Korean leader dies, it is imperative
for citizens to show hysteria and intense

public mourning as a sign of their admiration
and worship.

When Kim Jong-Il died in 2011, a hundred day
mourning period ensued which saw the streets

crowded with people, crying and falling to
their knees.

Those who didn't show up to mourn faced
execution and if anyone was spotted not crying

or appearing to be sad, they were taken off
to a prison camp.

If you think your sartorial choices couldn't
possibly land you in jail, think again!

You'd be hard pressed to find someone in
America that doesn't own a pair of Jeans

but in North Korea you literally won't find
anyone wearing them.

That's because it's illegal.
To North Koreans, jeans are a symbol of their
enemy America and the denim ban imposes their

anti-West and anti-USA message.
Apparently the hate for 'Yankee Imperialists'
is so strong that even kindergarten children

are taught to hate anything to do with the
USA.

Anyone wanna Netflix and chill?
Not in North Korea!
Many North Koreans have smuggled Western media
into the country and have shared them amongst

family and friends to give insight into the
liberated world outside.

But this very deed could easily land you in
a strict labour camp or even worse, sentenced

to death.
An anti-western film titled 'Propaganda'
made by the North Koreans, was leaked to the

outside world by defectors.
This film was made to show its citizens all
the things that are 'wrong' with western

culture and it used hundreds of clips from
TV shows showing cultural, moral and political

trends that have apparently weakened Western
society.

Even foreign music could land you in hot water.
In 1992, a female former regime propaganda
officer made the huge mistake of singing a

South Korean song at a party.
She was so badly beaten she couldn't walk
for a month, and she was also thrown in jail

for three years.
All music that is played on the radio or by
orchestras must be Kim Jung Un approved, as

well as praise him and communism.
Forget about enjoying the new Coldplay or
Rihanna album, even admitting you know the

words to their songs will land you in deep
doo doo.

Wanna turn to the bible in these tricky times?
Think again.
Despite there being between 200,000-400,000
Christians in North Korea, practising religion

is strictly against the law.
Just owning a bible can get you tortured,
thrown into a prison camp, or publicly executed,

perhaps along with your family too.
As there is no right to religious freedom,
citizens are forced to worship the Kim family,

who have actually been found guilty by the
United Nations of crimes against humanity

for its persecution of Christians.
In 2013, 80 Christians were publicly executed
in a sports stadium in front of thousands

of people, just for owning bibles, and it
is estimated that there is up to 80,000 Christians

held in concentration camps.
After banning Christmas, Kim Jung Un now forces
a day of hero worship to his grandmother instead.

All this killing giving you a headache?
Don't even think of turning off the radio.
All houses have a government controlled radio
installed and it is not allowed to be turned

off.
Ever.
Government announcements are made throughout
the day and you have no choice but to listen

to them.
Announcements include things like, “The
Dear Leader hit a hole in one today on his

first try playing golf!”
Maybe you want to capture some still images
of all the poor people around town for your

next school project?
Not so fast.
Kim Jung Un desperately wants to hide the
fact that around forty percent of North Korea

lives in extreme poverty and earns a salary
of only $2-3 a month.

Taking photos of the poor is a punishable
offence, especially for tourists, as the beyond

wealthy dictator is afraid of the country's
image being tarnished and perhaps from getting

in more trouble by the UN.
But surely tourists are exempt from all of
these ridiculous laws, right?

Wrong!
Freedom of travel is a big no-no in North
Korea for outside tourists, and anyone who

tries to explore by themselves can get into
big trouble.

As a tourist to North Korea, you will have
your every move planned, controlled and watched

by the government, so you can forget about
any ideas of solo, independent travel at your

own pace.
You won't even be able to use the public
transport system or get into your own taxi.

Traveling around the country is only allowed
as part of a guided, choreographed tour, which

are usually run by the Korean International
Travel Company.

Their guides will show you around, but you
are so restricted that you won't be able

to leave your hotel without your guide, even
if you just want to get something from the

shop across the street, otherwise you and
your guide will be punished.

It is safe to say that unless you enjoy having
extremely strict limitations and being watched

like a hawk, it's probably better that you
don't go on a soul-searching or relaxing

holiday to North Korea.
But fear not, dear audience!
Just when we thought all hope was lost, we
learned that marijuana, of all things, is

legal in North Korea!
In fact, it's not even considered a drug.
You can easily find it being grown in fields
and can buy it at local markets.

Who would've thought?
So, which of the aforementioned “crimes”
(yes, I'm using air quotes) do you think

is the most preposterous?
Let us know in the comments!
Also, be sure to check out our other video
called Average North Korean vs Average South

Korean!
Thanks for watching, and, as always, don't
forget to like, share, and subscribe.

See you next time!
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