A North Korean fisherman was publicly executed for listening to foreign radio stations at sea, Radio Free Asia report says

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A North Korean fishing boat captain is said to have been publicly executed for listening to foreign radio stations that were banned at sea.
The man, known by his surname Choi and allegedly in his forties, was killed by a firing squad in front of 100 ship captains and fisheries managers, a report on Radio Free Asia said, citing sources in the country.
Choi, who owned a fleet of more than 50 ships, is said to have been handed in by one of his crew members after he became unpopular with them. He confessed to authorities and was charged with "subversion against the party," the report quoted as quoting a police officer.
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The man, known by his surname Choi and allegedly in his forties, was killed by a firing squad in front of 100 ship captains and fisheries managers, a report on Radio Free Asia said, citing sources in the country.
North Korea has strict rules about the behavior of its citizens and prohibits them from listening to most foreign radio stations. Radio Free Asia noted, however, that international broadcasts could be received in open water.
Choi, who is said to have owned a fleet of more than 50 ships, is said to have been handed in by one of his crew members after he became unpopular with the crew. He confessed to the authorities and was charged with "subversion against the party". The Radio Free Asia report quoted an unnamed North Korean law enforcement officer.
The source said the captain started out as a radio operator in the military, tuning into foreign radio stations and has been listening to Radio Free Asia for the past 15 years.
"The security authorities then decided that his re-education time was long gone and executed him by shooting," a local resident told Radio Free Asia. "So the Choi authorities seem to have set an example to tell residents that listening to outside radio stations is death."
Radio Free Asia is funded by the US government but is intended to act as an independent source of journalism.
It was said that a signal corpsman was sent to a North Korean detention center in June to hear the station, and that in 2018 a separate signaler from the country's elite commando - along with his entire command - was also punished after listening to the banned Broadcasts.
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