Earlier this month, North Korea let down the drawbridge and invited foreign journalists to attend festivities marking the 65th anniversary of the Workers’ Party. A panel of our colleagues who made the trip will describe their impressions and air video clips from Pyongyang.
DATE: Thursday, November 4
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THE STAR-STUDDED PANEL:
Louisa Lim (moderator)
Beijing correspondent for the US broadcaster National Public Radio
Louisa has been a foreign correspondent in China since 2003, but had visited North Korea only once before, in September 2009.
China correspondent, The Guardian
Until this month, Tania’s experience of North Korea was confined to asking other people about it and writing about it from Beijing, and asking the embassy to let her visit.
Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times and author of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Barbara spent five years in Seoul before moving to Beijing. She has been to Pyongyang three times and has made numerous trips to Mount Kumgang and Kaesong near the DMZ.
Beijing bureau chief of The Economist
This was James’ seventh visit to North Korea since 1986. All visits have been as a declared journalist.
China General Bureau of The Mainichi Newspapers
Koichi, who speaks Korean, arrived in Beijing this April to cover North Korea. Before his posting here he covered Japan’s relationship with the Korean peninsula.