Monday, May 9th, 2016

BBC reporter detained in North Korea

Narada Desk | May 9, 2016 12:02 pm Print
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes was one of three BBC staff, along with producer Maria Byrne and cameraman Matthew Goddard, detained on Friday as they were about to leave North Korea.
BBC correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes

BBC correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes has been detained in North Korea and is to be expelled from the country over reporting.

He was one of three BBC staff, along with producer Maria Byrne and cameraman Matthew Goddard, detained on Friday as they were about to leave North Korea.

The BBC team was in North Korea ahead of the Workers Party Congress, accompanying a delegation of Nobel prize laureates conducting a research trip.

The North Korean leadership was displeased with their reports highlighting aspects of life in the capital.

Wingfield was questioned for eight hours by North Korean officials and was made to sign a statement.

The country’s National Peace Committee told a press conference Monday in Pyongyang that the step was taken against the correspondent for attacking the North Korean system and non-objective reporting during the filming crew’s stay.

O Ryong Il, secretary-general of the committee, said the journalists distorted facts and “spoke ill of the system and the leadership of the country, in their news reports.” He said Wingfield-Hayes wrote an apology, was being expelled on Monday and would never be admitted into the country again.

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