Associated Press Stays the Propaganda Course in Mundane North Korea Reporting

Associated Press Stays the Propaganda Course in Mundane North Korea Reporting Fully staffed Pyongyang news bureau won’t report major fire  Media competition does from Seoul, Tokyo, Washington By Nate Thayer June 12, 2015 On Thursday, June 11, there was a major fire at the iconic Koryo hotel in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. The story […]

The Associated Press founding North Korean bureau chief resigns

Jean H. Lee said her departure was amicable and “no surprise” to AP management Nate Thayer January 6, 2015 Six days after the December 24 NKNews article on the Associated Press news operation in North Korea, AP’s founding North Korea bureau chief has resigned after a nearly 20 year career with the media organization. Jean […]

Should the Associated Press be registered foreign agents of North Korea?

Lawyer Joshua Stanton: Do U.S. laws require AP register as North Korean foreign agents?  By Nate Thayer December 5, 2015 From the blog of North Korean watcher and former U.S. military JAG officer, lawyer Josh Stanton: http://freekorea.us/2015/01/05/the-ap-should-release-its-mou-or-register-as-a-n-korean-propagandist/ see Mr. Stanton’s work where he has walked point on the AP coverage of North Korea since the […]

Peeking into backrooms of big media defending bad reporting: AP & Washington Examiner

Elite Media defend PR shilling for one another  By Nate Thayer December 31, 2014 Yesterday, I was forwarded an email sent to my editor from the Washington Examiner newspaper requesting comment on a story we wrote on December 24 called “The Associated Press in North Korea: A Potemkin News Bureau?” The problem was the Examiner had […]

AP secret agreement with propaganda arm of North Korean regime

The Associated Press in North Korea: A Potemkin news bureau? Confidential AP agreement with North Korea gives Pyongyang control over news stories (This story on the Associated Press making a secret written deal with North Korea agreeing to terms which, according to senior AP journalists involved in North Korea news coverage, have resulted in the […]

The AP in North Korea: A Potemkin news bureau? Secret AP deal gives Pyongyang control over news

By Nate Thayer NK News December 24, 2014 According to 14 current and former AP reporters involved in news produced out of the North Korean bureau, as well as the detailed draft agreement signed by AP top management with North Korea, the Pyongyang bureau is the only one in the world where the AP allows: […]

Is the Associated Press collaborating with North Korea? AP & Pyongyang agree to separate truth from news

Very disturbing questions raised by secret agreement made between the AP and the North Korean Ministry of Propaganda and Agitation Is the Associated Press a willing collaborator with Pyongyang? AP top management refuses to answer that question. Fortunately, the excellent and embarrassed reporters of the AP are more than willing to do their job to bring the unfiltered […]

Associated Press Pyongyang “bureau” silenced on top world story from North Korea

The Associated Press should close it’s “bureau” in North Korea as an embarrassment to the principles of the Free Press By Nate Thayer November 11, 2014 It did not go unnoticed that the Associated Press had exactly no reporting today from its Pyongyang “bureau” on the release of two American prisoners held in North Korea, […]

AP reports N. Korea “Ice Bucket Challenge”: silent on repression of disabled

AP reports “Ice Bucket Challenge” in North Korea; doesn’t on NK repression of disabled people Viral water dunking campaign for charity staged in Pyongyang by American rappers By Nate Thayer Sept 1, 2014 The Associated Press should be ashamed of themselves for being a willing collaborator in disseminating the state propaganda of North Korea, the world’s […]