The secretive state adopted the brand new measures in December, fearing that its teenage residents had been rising too snug with phrases well-liked in democratic South Korea.
Now the authorities will examine residents’ telephones, trying to find any use of banned expressions in personal messages.
These caught might be suspected of flouting the ban on South Korean TV and will face the gulag.
North Koreans face the gulag for utilizing slang phrases after Kim Jong-un unleashed a weird new crackdown on ‘perverted’ language
Kim Jong-un unleashed a weird new crackdown on ‘perverted’ language. Above, Kim Jong-un is pictured on Tuesday
Speaking to Rimjingang, a Japan-based journal centered on the dictatorship, one North Korean mother or father revealed the form of innocent slang that would land children in scorching water.
‘The goal of the crackdown is the textual content messages on cell telephones,’ they mentioned.
‘It has been some time since South Korean dramas first got here to North Korea, proper?
‘Since cell telephones have turn into frequent lately, younger persons are utilizing South Korean phrases of their textual content messages.
‘For instance, virtually all younger persons are utilizing ‘saranghaeyeong’ (I like you), ‘chal-ka’ (see you), ‘bye-bye,’ and ‘ty’ (the English abbreviation for thanks) of their texts.’
They continued: ‘If there are any expressions within the textual content messages that aren’t utilized in North Korea, the proprietor of the system might be suspected of watching South Korean dramas and interrogated.
‘Inspectors additionally verify the textual content messages for any rumours or complaints about difficulties as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.
The secretive state adopted the brand new measures in December, fearing that its teenage residents had been rising too snug with phrases well-liked in democratic South Korea
‘Nevertheless, college students and younger persons are intelligent, so they’re very cautious to delete their textual content messages as quickly as attainable after sending them.’
A 3-page doc marked ‘high secret’, which was obtained by Rimjingang, sheds extra mild on the ban.
Within the doc, Kim Jong-un manufacturers South Korea a ‘puppet’ of the USA and names extra banned phrases.
He says: ‘We should strongly eradicate the [South Korean] ‘puppet phrases’ and ‘puppet fashion’ from our society.
‘Previously, I’ve repeatedly warned in opposition to the phenomenon of younger women and men who aren’t blood family members utilizing the ‘puppet’s language’ to refer to one another.
‘Reminiscent of ‘oppa’ (older brother) and ‘dong-saeng’ (youthful sister, brother).
‘Nevertheless, this phenomenon has not but disappeared amongst some younger individuals.
‘It is a typical instance of the perverted ‘puppet language’ and ‘puppet
fashion’ that’s widespread in our society.’
Now the authorities will examine residents’ telephones, trying to find any use of banned expressions in personal messages
Regardless of international media being banned in North Korea, South Korean leisure is broadly loved there, being smuggled in on USB pens and, beforehand, on DVDs.
Use of cellphones can also be rising within the closed-off nation, although handsets are blocked from accessing the web and may solely attain a government-controlled intranet.
The brand new legislation, referred to as the Regulation on the Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Tradition, reportedly even bans dad and mom from choosing names thought of too South Korean.
Some dad and mom have really been pressured to rename their kids, in response to Rimjingang.
Greg Scarlatoiu, director of the Washington DC-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, mentioned the Kim regime clearly felt threatened by South Korea’s rising gentle energy.
The phenomenon has been referred to as ‘Hallyu’, or the Korean wave, and has seen South Korean music and drama carried throughout the globe.
‘This new legislation is a part of efforts by the North Korean regime to dam info from the skin world and South Korea particularly,’ he mentioned.
‘They do that by using new content material, utilizing new applied sciences, and making use of judicial and extrajudicial punishment to these making an attempt to entry such info.
‘Relating to language, the Kim regime has all the time been purist and nativist. North Korea rejects mortgage phrases, and makes use of ‘purist’ North Korean expressions as an alternative.
‘The South Korean wave brings a brand new problem: the overwhelming energy of South Korean cleaning soap operas, music, style, and popular culture.
‘The Kim Jong-un regime is desperately attempting to tame the affect of South Korean gentle energy, which can finally pose the best problem to its very survival.’