Editor's Insight: There's more to North Korea than Hollywood parodies

In normal circumstances, a news media reporting monopoly over a country that is seldom out of the headlines would be considered a dream job.

But for Jean Lee, an American-Korean who heads the Associated Press bureau in Pyongyang, it is also the stuff of nightmares.

She is on a “sabbatical” in New Zealand speaking of her experiences of setting up the first accredited western news agency in a country where foreign journalists are usually refused visas.


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