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Date : May 16, 2016
NK expels foreign journalists
   http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-05-09/north-korea-opens-its-doors-fore… [558]
"North Korea Opens its doors to Foreign Press, but expels journalists who stray from the script" (PRI.org)

In order to reinforce the message of "the Leader is Strong. The party is strong. And the masses are happy," the North Korean regime granted almost no access to the main event during the North Korean Workers' Party congress, with three reporters from different assignments and organizations being kicked out. 

Some journalists, such as Anna Fifield from the Washington Post, were forced to relocate to about 500 yards (about 460 meters) away from the congress building. Others were less fortunate, such as BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes were detained for eight hours by authorities due to speaking "ill of the [DPRK] system," claimed secretary-general of the North's National Peace Committee O Ryong-il. It is not clear what exactly Mr. Wingfield-Hayes did to "speak ill," but claimed that his government minders were upset when he tried to film a stand-up in front of the statue of the late leader and founder of North Korea, Kim Il-sung. 

[Source: PRI]

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