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South Korean hit Netflix show ‘Narco-Saints’ angers Suriname

Suriname will explore legal
action against the producers of South Korea’s hit Netflix
series “Narco-Saints” which it said fosters negative images of
the country by portraying it as a “narco state,” its government said.

The show, released this month and titled “Suriname” in South
Korea, tells the story of a man who risked his life to join a
secret mission to capture a Korean drug lord operating in
Suriname, based on real-life events from about two decades ago.

But the Latin American country said the show presented it as
a “narco state” based on past “crime and cross-border
activities” which the government had tried for decades to

“Suriname no longer has the image that emerges in the series
or no longer participates in these kinds of practices,” Foreign
Minister Albert Ramdin said in a statement posted on Monday on
the government’s website.

“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.”

Diplomatic protest

Ramdin said he would consider taking legal action against the producers and lodge a diplomatic protest with South Korea’s government.

South Korea had not received any formal statement from Suriname on the issue, an official at Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Moonlight Film, which co-produced the series, referred queries to Netflix. 

Perfect Storm Film Inc, the other producer, was unavailable for comment.

A Netflix official declined to comment.

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