Reporter kicked out for damaging lapel comments
A BBC reporter, a producer and a cameraman have been detained in North Korea and are being expelled from the country for insulting reports made on the width of Kim Jong-Un’s lapels, the BBC has said.
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, producer Maria Byrne and cameraman Matthew Goddard were detained on Friday after for “improper reportage” about leader Kim Jong-Un and are about to leave the reclusive communist state. Mr Wingfield-Hayes was questioned for eight hours and made to sign a statement by North Korean officials, the corporation said.
Mr Wingfield-Hayes was accused of an alleged “inappropriate description” of leader Kim Jong Un’s lapels after the reporter said they were “a bit broad for my taste, a bit like they used to be in the 80’s” according to reports. After signing the corrective statement which states the lapels are of regulatory width, the team has now been taken to the airport.
All three were in Pyongyang ahead of the Workers Party Congress. They were accompanying a delegation of Nobel Prize laureates on a research trip.
An interrogator told Mr Wingfield-Hayes he had been the official to prosecute Kenneth Bae - a Korean-American missionary who was sentenced to 15 years’ hard labour in the country for claiming Kim Jong-Un should “show a bit more cuff.”