British Broadcasting Corporation correspondent, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes was detained in North Korea and is being expelled for his reporting, authorities have announced at a press conference.
He will be joined on the plane by BBC producer Maria Byrne and cameraman Matthew Goddard, the British broadcaster added.
He was questioned for eight hours by North Korean officials and made to sign a statement apologizing, according to the BBC.
“We have decided to expel the Tokyo BBC correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes from the territory of the DPRK and we are going to never admit him again into the country for any report,” O Ryong Il, Secretary General of the DPRK National Peace Committee said at the press conference, using an acronym for the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea, North Korea’s official name.
“We think that if the BBC is a genuine, true, international media organization you should be acting in such a way as to respect the law and system in the country, and you must admit your mistakes.”