Seoul — Everyone’s made a joke they thought was funny only to see it fall flat, but Park Jung-geun’s attempt at humor could see him jailed for up to seven years in South Korea.
Park, a photographer by profession, re-tweeted some messages from North Korea’s official twitter feed, such as reports on the late leader Kim Jong Il’s travels across the country and negative tweets about South Korea.
“I found the messages ludicrous because they are so harsh and the language is so out-dated. I found them funny, so I re-tweeted them,” Park told CNN.
Park, 23, also took a photo of himself holding a whiskey bottle and edited in a North Korean flag as a background for a joke. His supporters then doctored a North Korean military poster, replacing a smiling soldier with a sad photo of Park and the image of the gun with another whiskey bottle.
But Park was imprisoned in January of this year, accused of “acts that benefit the enemy” and spreading North Korean propaganda. He was released on bail in February and has another court appearance in mid-July. He’s still hoping the charges against him will be dropped.
“To be honest, if you did this in North Korea, you would be severely punished,” Park said. “But this is South Korea and I thought there wouldn’t be a problem as I did it for fun. It certainly wasn’t for propaganda purposes.”