N. Korea boots BBC journalist as party congress continues

May 9, 2016 6:14 AM

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PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea on Monday was expelling a BBC journalist it had detained days earlier for allegedly “insulting the dignity” of the authoritarian country, while it continued to keep other foreign media away from the first-in-decades ruling party congress they had been invited to attend.

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes was not among the scores of foreign media covering the Workers’ Party congress; he had covered an earlier trip of Nobel laureates and had been scheduled to leave Friday. Instead, he was stopped at the airport, detained and questioned.

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