University Says BBC Endangered Students on North Korea Trip

University Says BBC Endangered Students on North Korea Trip

April 22, 2013

London School of Economics claims that three journalists pretending to be affiliated with the school put students on a trip to North Korea at risk. The BBC journalists accompanied ten students to North Korea where they filmed a documentary scheduled to air on April 15. LSE officials say the students were not made aware that the journalists had planned to use the trip as a cover for the filming. "It is LSE's view that the students were not given enough information to enable informed consent, yet were given enough to put them in serious danger if the subterfuge had been uncovered prior to their departure from North Korea." The BBC claims that the students were warned twice that a journalist would be coming on the trip.

Six of the ten students on the trip later issued a statement criticizing the school for exposing the situation. "We feel that we have now been put in more risk than was originally the case, as a result of the LSE™s decision to go public with their story," the students said, adding that they had not all been consulted by LSE officials about their experiences on the trip.

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