AP to Open Bureau in North Korea


By Chris O'Shea Comment

The Associated Press is going to open a bureau in Pyongyang, North Korea. According to an AP press release, the agreement between the news company and the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) will make the AP the first permanent Western text and photo news outlet in the country’s capital.

AP CEO Tom Curley said in the release that the agreement was “historic and significant.” But this is North Korea. A country that hasn’t ever exactly embraced the concept of freedom, let alone freedom of the press. Kathleen Carroll, the Executive Editor for the AP, told the Huffington Post that it won’t be an issue. “The AP operates independently, regardless of location. Period,” she said.

We’ll see about that, won’t we?