North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un Reuters

A British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reporter, a producer and a cameraman have been detained in North Korea and are being expelled from the country.

Reporter Rupert Wingfield-Hayes was detained and interrogated for eight hours by authorities on Friday because his reporting "insulted the dignity" of the totalitarian state.

North Korean officials said that Wingfield-Hayes violated local customs and acted in an aggressive manner during his trip and forced him to sign a statement apologizing.

Furthermore, Wingfield-Hayes was blacklisted from entering the country again.

The journalists were part of a large group of foreign reporters covering the first congress of the country's ruling party in 35 years.