BBC reporter detained in North Korea

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The BBC’s correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes has been detained in North Korea and is being expelled over his reporting.

He was one of three BBC staff, along with producer Maria Byrne and cameraman Matthew Goddard, detained on Friday as they were about to leave North Korea.

Mr Wingfield-Hayes was questioned for eight hours by North Korean officials and made to sign a statement.

All three have now been taken to the airport by their minders.

The BBC team was in North Korea ahead of the Workers Party Congress, accompanying a delegation of Nobel prize laureates conducting a research trip.

The BBC’s Stephen Evans, who is still in Pyongyang, said the North Korean leadership was displeased with their reports, which had highlighted aspects of life in the capital.

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