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.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.