I wonder what Gareth thinks of this

Gareth Morgan is proving himself to be a friend of dictators after his short and supervised journey through North Korea.

I wonder then what he has to say about this news.

A SOUTH Korean man has escaped four decades after he was kidnapped by North Korea while fishing near the disputed Yellow Sea border, officials say.

The 68-year-old, identified as Jeon Wook-Pyo, made it to Seoul recently after escaping from North Korea in early August, a government official said.

“He is now under investigation by security authorities,” the official said, declining to give details.

South Korean says more than 500 of its citizens – most of them fishermen – have been abducted by North Korea in the 60 years since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. 

Those who manage to make it back to the South are often treated with initial suspicion, and subjected to a rigorous screening program to ensure they are not operating as North Korean spies.

Mr Jeon was among 25 fishermen aboard two boats that were seized by a North Korean navy ship on December 28, 1972.

The whereabouts of his fellow crewmen are currently unknown.

An activist group said earlier that Mr Jeon had stayed in an undisclosed third country – most likely China – after fleeing the North on August 11.

He then sent a letter to South Korean President Park Geun-Hye seeking assistance, saying he wanted to spend his remaining days in his hometown, the group said.

South Korea has repeatedly urged North Korea to free remaining abductees, but Pyongyang insists it is holding no one against their wishes.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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