Suriname threatens legal action over South Korean hit Netflix show

By Hyonhee Shin

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean residents in Suriname have been instructed to handle their security by the embassy after the Latin American nation stated it might discover legal action towards the producers of South Korea’s hit Netflix sequence “Narco-Saints” which fosters unfavourable photographs of the nation by portraying it as a “narco state.”

The show, launched this month and titled “Suriname” in South Korea, tells the story of a person who risked his life to affix a secret mission to seize a Korean drug lord working in Suriname, primarily based on real-life occasions from about twenty years in the past.

But the Latin American nation stated the show introduced it as a “narco state” primarily based on previous “crime and cross-border activities” that the federal government had tried for many years to eradicate.

“Suriname no longer has the image that emerges in the series or no longer participates in these kinds of practices,” Foreign Minister Albert Ramdin stated in a press release posted on Monday on the federal government’s web site.

“Whether the practices presented … are true or false, it’s creating a negative perception. The whole world sees these things, so this is not good,” he stated.

Ramdin stated he would take into account taking legal action towards the producers and lodge a diplomatic protest with South Korea’s authorities.

Following the international minister’s assertion, the Korean embassy in Venezuela, which can be liable for relations with Suriname, on Tuesday posted a press release warning Korean residents there to pay particular consideration to their security.

“We assume Korean residents in Suriname must be greatly concerned due to the airing of the drama Narcos-Saints. Your safety is our greatest concern, and therefore the embassy will do its best to ensure your safety,” it stated.

South Korea had not obtained any formal assertion from Suriname on the difficulty, an official at Seoul’s international ministry stated on Thursday.

The director of the show declined to remark, whereas Netflix stated it has no plan to problem any touch upon the matter.

(Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Additional reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Stephen Coates and Mark Porter)

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