PYONGYANG — A BBC reporter in North Korea has been detained, interrogated for eight hours and eventually expelled from the country over his reporting in the run-up to a rare ruling party congress.
The BBC reporter, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, was about to board a plane departing Pyongyang airport with two other BBC staff on Friday when he was stopped and taken into detention, the BBC said.
He was then questioned for around eight hours, apparently over one of his reports which questioned the authenticity of a hospital his team was visiting.
“He was taken to a hotel and interrogated by the security bureau here in Pyongyang before being made to sign a statement and then released” on Saturday morning, said John Sudworth, another BBC reporter covering the congress in the North Korean capital.
Foreign journalists invited to cover specific events in North Korea are subjected to very tight restrictions, regarding access and movement.
Numerous journalists have found themselves prevented from returning to the country because their previous coverage was deemed ‘inaccurate’ or ‘disrespectful’ — but detaining and then expelling a reporter while still in the country is extremely rare.
1 killed, 2 injured in Dhading truck mishap
DHADING — One person was killed while two other seriously injured when a truck fell from Hugdi Khola Bridge in Rorang-10, Benighat along the Prithvi Highway on Wednesday.
The truck (Na 5 Kha 1568) en-route to Chitwan from Kathmandu fell off the bridge to Hugdi Khola (river) on Wednesday afternoon.
The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Sher Bahadur Magar,23, of Madhya Bindu Municipality-10, according to police. Magar died on the course of treatment at a Malekhu-based hospital, informed Area Police Office, Gajuri.
Those injured in the incident are Manoj Ale 25, of Arunkhola, Nawalparasi and Megh Bahadur Gharti of Sitakganga Municipality in Arghakhanchi district have been sent to Kathmandu for further medical treatment.Follow @gorkhapost