Suriname threatens legal action over Korean hit Netflix show Narco-Saints

The show is based on real-life events from about two decades ago. PHOTO: CHO WONJIN/NETFLIX

SEOUL - Suriname will explore legal action against the producers of South Korea's hit Netflix series Narco-Saints, which fosters negative images of the country by portraying it as a "narco state", its government has 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" that the government has tried for decades 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 said in a statement posted 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," he said.

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

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

Moonlight Film, which co-produced the series, referred queries to Netflix. Perfect Storm Film, the other producer, was unavailable for comment. A Netflix official declined to comment. REUTERS

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