Foreign Media in Pyongyang Barred From North Korean Party Congress

BB1B06CC-7785-4C29-94C0-33CBD00E9F9F_w640_s{VOA NEWS /SEOUL} — After inviting hundreds of international journalists to cover its first ruling party congress in 36 years, North Korea barred the media from entering the actual event.

The Workers’ Party Congress is the biggest political convention held in North Korea in generations and is expected to bolster young leader Kim Jong Un’s power and formalize his “Byongjin” policy to push simultaneously for economic development and nuclear capability.

The last party congress was held in 1980, before Kim Jong Un was born, and was staged to legitimize his father Kim Jong Il as the heir apparent to the North’s founding ruler Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of the current leader. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.