BBC correspondent in North Korea detained over reporting

May 9, 2016 08:37

PYONGYANG - North Korea detained a BBC journalist and ordered his expulsion over his reporting, the broadcaster said on Monday, as a large group of foreign reporters cover a rare congress of the country's ruling Workers' Party.

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes was detained on Friday as he was about to leave the country, along with a BBC producer and cameraman, the network said. The three were on their way to the airport in Pyongyang on Monday afternoon, it said.

China's Xinhua news agency cited a North Korean official as saying the correspondent was detained for improper "reportage".

Another BBC correspondent in Pyongyang, John Sudworth, said in a broadcast report that there was "disagreement, a concern over the content of Rupert's reporting", including questioning the authenticity of a hospital.

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