Today’s installment comes to us from KNCA, no less: “John Daniszewski, vice president of the Associated Press of the United States, and his party arrived here by air on Monday.” Yes, that’s the entire story. Yonhap also picks up the story, but has little to add.
I suppose Daniszewski could have flown all the way to Pyongyang to ask KCNA to take his picture off its website, but I have to suspect that he’s there for more substantive discussions about AP’s work in North Korea. Speaking of the AP’s work in Pyongyang, it’s governed by two memoranda of agreement between AP and the North Korean government. Notwithstanding its own ethical standards about transparency and conflicts of interest, the AP has never disclosed those memoranda to its readers. Discuss among yourselves.
If this isn’t curious enough, KCNA fails to mention that this is the one-year anniversary of the opening of the AP Pyongyang bureau in anniversary-obsessed North Korea. Jean Lee’s Twitter feed and the AP Pyongyang “North Korea Journal” page are also silent — so far — about both Daniszewski’s visit and the anniversary. The relative absence of fanfare is noteworthy for two media organizations that had commandeered column space all over the world to give so much splashy attention to the opening of the bureau last year.