More than 1,000 North Koreans jailed for watching movies

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(AFP) – More than 1,000 North Koreans have been jailed for secretly watching South Korean TV shows and films as the communist regime battles an inflow of foreign culture, a Seoul-based defector group said Monday.

North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity said about 1,200 people are in jail in the northwestern city of Kaechon for the offense. It cited a source in the prison, which has a total 3,000 inmates.

Access to foreign pop culture is strictly banned for ordinary people in the isolated nation, with violators facing hefty fines or jail terms of between two and five years.

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