North Korea Allows AP to Expand Coverage
Associated Press will have print and photo journalists working in bureau
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 29, 2011 4:14 PM CDT
Kim Pyong Ho, president of Korean Central News Agency, right, with Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley Tuesday in New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

(Newser) – The Associated Press will be the first text- and photo-driven Western news outlet in North Korea, the news agency said today. A memorandum of understanding agreed by the AP and the Korean Central News Agency would build upon the AP's existing video news bureau, which opened in Pyongyang in 2006, by allowing AP text and photo journalists to work in North Korea as well. It would be the first permanent text and photo bureau operated by a Western news organization in the North Korean capital.