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North Korea detains, expels Rupert Wingfield-Hayes & 2 other BBC journalists

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 9 May 2016, 15:00 IST

BBC's Tokyo correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes and his team have been expelled from North Korea after being detained in Pyongyang for three days.

The BBC team was reportedly detained after their coverage of the country displeased the North Korean authorities.

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, producer Maria Byrne and cameraman Matthew Goddard were detained as they were about to leave the secluded nation, on 6 May.

The three were in Pyongyang accompanying a delegation of Nobel Prize Laureates on a research trip - ahead of Workers Party Congress

After being questioned for eight hours by North Korean officials, Wingfied-Hayes was made to sign a statement claiming that his report was inaccurate, the BBC reported.

The report in question has been taken down since.

First published: 9 May 2016, 15:00 IST
 
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