Pyongyang authorities did not like his news reports. As a result, BBC envoy Rupert Wingfield-Hayes has been arrested and will be expelled from the country together with two members of the movie team. The three of them were in North Korea to follow the sessions of the Workers’ Party Congress. They were stopped at the airport right after having finished filming a report on a mission of Nobel Prize Winners who had visited the capital North Korean.
The journalist and the two members of his team were brought back in the city and interrogated for eight hours, during which they were held in a hotel. Finally, it has been decided to proceed with the expulsion. Besides, the officials of the North Korean government forced Wingfield-Hayes to sign a declaration.
In a statement, Pyongyang authorities have pointed out that the tone of the BBC reporter was “disrespectful”, his reports on the situation of the country lacked objectivity and – the icing on the cake – the list of objections included an “inappropriate” description of the leader Kim Yong Un. On the occasion of the Workers’ Party Congress, many foreign journalists were exceptionally allowed to enter North Korea. The agreement was that all the envoys could write “freely” what they saw and heard, but apparently, – at least in the case of Wingfield-Hayes – it did not happen.