August 14, 2022

Reporters question independence of AP’s North Korea bureau after new interview

Transcript published by DPRK features apparently biased questions, in what one reporter calls a ‘journalistic scandal’

Journalists questioned the independence of the Associated Press bureau in Pyongyang on Thursday, after North Korea’s foreign ministry published a transcript of an interview it did with AP Television News (APTN) featuring questions that appeared skewed toward DPRK interests.

According to the transcript, APTN staff representatives in Pyongyang asked questions that described U.S.-South Korea joint exercises as “a dangerous factor undermining peace and stability.” The transcript also referred to the ROK as “south Korea” — using the standard North Korean spelling with a lowercase “s.”