Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BBC Reporter Is Kicked out of North Korea for 'Disrespect'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BBC Reporter Is Kicked out of North Korea for 'Disrespect'

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger

A BBC news crew is being expelled from North Korea for being "disrespectful" towards the country's leader Kim Jong-un.

Tokyo correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes was interrogated for eight hours and made to sign a confession that his work had been "inaccurate".

The authorities were displeased with reports which "insulted the country's dignity" and "spoke ill of the system and the leadership of the country".

The team, including producer Maria Byrne and cameraman Matthew Goddard, was detained as they were about to leave the country where they had been accompanying a delegation of Nobel prize laureates on a research trip, the BBC said.

Another BBC journalist, Stephen Evans, who is still in Pyongyang, said: "Just as they were about to board the flight, Rupert was held back. He was then taken to a hotel, a separate hotel to where we were, and interrogated for eight hours."

O Ryong Il, secretary-general of the North's National Peace Committee, said Mr Wingfield-Hayes had been expelled for "attacking the DPRK system and non-objective reporting". …

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