"Our position is that we only do it if we maintain control over news content. The local staff will follow AP reporting, and we will see how it works," Mr. Hartwell said. "We will not cover something that puts us in the position of being a mouthpiece. We have had a lot of experience resisting censorship."
Donald Macintyre, the former Seoul bureau chief of Time magazine, who visited the North six times as a reporter, emphasized the challenges that those in the bureau would inevitably face:
"The problem is, if they did uncover something, there would be a tension between their desire to maintain their bureau and their desire to put out real news, so they are going to be playing a balancing act," said Mr. Macintyre, who is writing a book on North Korea.UPDATE: In October 2005, "60 Minutes" producer Tom Anderson traveled with Dan Rather to North Korea for a story. His "Producer's Notebook" offers an inside look at what it was like.
"I don't think they will be covering famines and gulags. They won't be able to go on trips without their political minders, and will be on a pretty tight leash -- showing propaganda and things the regime thinks are suitable for the outside world to view."