BY Modupeoluwa Adekanye On 31 May 2020.
North Korea has declared that sexual immorality is treason in a bid to stop Japanese porn and racy foreign films from corrupting its youth. Pyongyang has ordered a crackdown after noticing that ‘more and more high school boys and girls are engaging in immoral sexual deviance’ according to a report by Daily Mail.
Schools have been ordered to check for phones with obscene material while teachers and parents have been threatened with punishments under the new rules.The committee defined sexual promiscuity among teenagers as a treasonous act that helps the enemy to destroy our society according to the news. The Central Committee while speaking about it said:The reason why sexual promiscuity is so common in students these days is because they are imbued with decadent capitalist culture, due to the increase in electronic media, including mobile phones. Since they are warning of strong punishment, students are shaking with fear.
The screenshots cannot be deleted by a typical user, but are available for checking if a trained government official decides to take a look. Instead of the World Wide Web, North Koreans have access to a specially-designed intranet that is sealed off from the outside world.Some North Koreans living near the Chinese border secretly use phones on Chinese networks to bypass state control.
Human Rights Watch warned in a 2018 report that North Korean schools provide little sex education and that men and women are left unprepared for the realities of sexual activity. Phones in North Korea are already subject to surveillance by various agencies including the army and the ruling party. The country has an operating system called Red Star which can scan for words or phrases deemed unfavourable to the regime and delete them. Red Star also uses software that takes regular screenshots of what is being displayed on a person’s screen.