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LSE students "weren't told about North Korea documentary until boozy night in Beijing"

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Controversy continues over the BBC’s panorama documentary on North Korea, as a female student claims that the broadcaster only warned them about filming on the night before entering the country.

The London School of Economics student, who wishes to remain anonymous, was part of the group that BBC journalist John Sweeney attached himself to in order to enter the extremely secretive country. According to her, the group of students were only informed that they would be filmed as part of a documentary hours before entering North Korea, during a night out drinking in Beijing.

Sweeney reputedly told the students about the ruse at the end of the night, after buying them beer and wine. According to the anonymous student, at least one of their party was still unaware of the situation on the flight from Beijing to Pyongyang.

The students started their trip under the impression that the visit had been organised by the Grimshaw Club, a society at the university affiliated with International Relations. The society deny all involvement in the BBC’s deception.

The student also refutes the BBC’s claims that all of them were warned of the risks before the trip, saying that the only information received prior to leaving was that “a journalist” would accompany them, with no mention of any potential risks that this would bring.

North Korea has threatened reprisals against the students if the BBC did not pull its Panorama documentary, which screened on Tuesday night.




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