Irish journalist expelled from North Korea

bbcAn Irish woman is among a BBC team expelled from North Korea for what’s been described as “disrespectful reporting”. 35-year-old Maria Byrne from Tullow, Co Carlow is a Senior Producer with BBC’s Asia Team based in Beijing. Maria Byrne, journalist Rupert Wingfield-Hayes and a cameraman were arrested on Friday as they were about to leave North Korea. They were detained by authorities in the secretive state for what’s described as “disrespectful reporting”. They’d been there to cover the Workers Party Congress and according to Maria’s father, Pat Byrne, who spoke to KCLR this morning, the last contact they had from her was Friday. He says the family are “completely shellshocked” at the moment as they haven’t heard any official word about whether or not she has actually been expelled from the country. However it’s believed the team has now been deported.