On Monday, AP executives, including President and CEO Tom Curley, arrived in Pyongyang to officially open its North Korean bureau office – situated inside the headquarters of the state-run Korean Central News Agency.
The news agency, which first made a breakthrough in the country when they opened a video bureau in 2006, is expected to document the people, places and politics of North Korea, particularly in the wake of recent developments, such as the death of Kim Jong-il last month and the subsequent ascension to power of his son, Kim Jong-un.
Curley has also pledged to maintain AP’s s Pyongyang bureau with the same standards and practices as its other bureaus worldwide, which operate in more than 100 countries and employs nearly 2,500 journalists across the world.
"Everyone at The Associated Press takes his or her responsibilities of a free and fair press with utmost seriousness," he said. "We pledge to do our best to reflect accurately the people of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as well as what they do and say."
In an interview with the Huffington Post, AP’s executive editor Kathleen Carroll also highlighted the journalistic standards that its North Korean bureau would have to live up to, noting that AP "does not submit to censorship" anywhere in the world, including North Korea.