North Korea

2009


Blog   |   North Korea, USA

Lee and Ling: 'Instinctively, we ran.'

Current TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were arrested by North Korean police on March 17 for allegedly entering the country illegally and carrying out "hostile acts." In June, they were sentenced to 12 years' hard labor. Now back in the U.S. after receiving a pardon, the two are telling their story on Current.com, describing what happened that night on the border between China and North Korea:

September 2, 2009 12:08 PM ET

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Blog   |   North Korea, USA

Lee, Ling supporters hold vigil to keep case in spotlight

Last night, about 300 people gathered at San Francisco's Academy of Art University for a vigil for U.S. television journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling. Today marks the 100th day of captivity in North Korea for the women, who were arrested in March by North Korean guards while filming a story about refugees for the California-based broadcaster Current TV. Earlier this month, the two reporters were sentenced by North Korea's highest court to 12 years hard labor after a closed-door trial. 
June 25, 2009 5:46 PM ET

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Blog   |   Iran, North Korea, USA

Saberi to Lee and Ling: 'You are not alone'

(Reuters)Roxana Saberi, who was imprisoned in Iran for nearly four months, offers her thoughts on the detentions of U.S. journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee in North Korea. In this interview with CPJ, Saberi, left, said she was "amazed and very moved at the support I received" while in prison. "You are not alone," she advised her jailed colleagues. Here is the interview:
June 9, 2009 3:24 PM ET

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Blog   |   North Korea, USA

Saberi voices support for colleagues held in North Korea

Journalist Roxana Saberi, recently detained in Iran, asked us to release this statement on her behalf in response to the convictions of Laura Ling and Euna Lee in North Korea: "As a fellow journalist, I am shocked and saddened to hear about the heavy sentence handed to Laura Ling and Euna Lee. I hope that a way can be found to reunite them with their families as soon as possible and I will continue to pray for their swift release."  
June 8, 2009 5:04 PM ET

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North Korea sentences U.S. journalists to 12 years' labor

New York, June 8, 2009--International pressure from all countries involved in the Six Party Talks should be leveraged to ensure the release of U.S. journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling after a North Korean court sentenced them today to 12 years hard labor, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. The countries in the talks are North and South KoreaChinaJapanRussia, and the United States.

June 8, 2009 1:41 PM ET

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Blog   |   North Korea, USA

Monitoring the Lee, Ling case in North Korea

I've been staying up nights waiting for news on journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling, who are detained and facing trial in North Korea. The government in Pyongyang, through its official Korean Central News Agency, posted this terse item on Thursday: "The Central Court of the DPRK will start a trial of American journalists Laura Ling and Seung-eun Lee from 3 p.m. Thursday on the basis of the indictment already brought against them." (Seung-eun is Euna's name in Korean.) The people I've been in touch with in Seoul--journalists working for Western news agencies, Korean journalists, and one government contact--don't know much more. 
June 5, 2009 5:13 PM ET

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Alerts   |   North Korea

Call for journalists' release as trial date nears in North Korea

New York, June 3, 2009--On the eve of the June 4 criminal trial date for U.S. television journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling in North Korea, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls for all countries involved in the Six Party Talks to work together to ensure their freedom. The countries in the talks are North and South Korea, China, Japan, Russia, and the United States.

June 3, 2009 12:56 PM ET

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Families of Ling, Lee urge talks to resolve detentions

New York, June 1, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on all parties to pursue diplomatic efforts to gain the release of detained U.S. journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who are facing trial in North Korea this week. The families of the two journalists spoke out this morning on U.S. television to urge diplomatic talks to resolve the detentions independent of the larger geopolitical issues on the Korean Peninsula.
June 1, 2009 8:55 AM ET

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Blog   |   North Korea

Euna Lee, Laura Ling families to speak out

With a June 4 criminal trial date looming for what North Korea calls "hostile acts," the families of Euna Lee and Laura Ling have decided to speak out about the two journalists' detention in Pyongyang. The two women have been held since March 17. In a Facebook announcement, the families told supporters: "Our families have been very quiet because of the extreme sensitivity of the situation, but given the fact that our girls are in the midst of a global nuclear stand-off, we cannot wait any longer."
 
May 29, 2009 4:31 PM ET

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Blog   |   North Korea, Security, Sri Lanka, USA

Schiff, Pence speak out for press freedom

"Information is power, which is
precisely why many governments attempt to control the press to suppress
opposition and preempt dissent," said U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, the California
Democrat who three years ago founded the Congressional Caucus for Freedom of
the Press. "Far too often, the reporters and editors who demand reform,
accountability, and transparency find themselves at risk," he went on. "The
censorship, intimidation, imprisonment, and murder of these journalists are not
only crimes against these individuals, but they also impact those who are
denied access to their ideas and information."

May 5, 2009 3:24 PM ET

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Blog   |   Iran, North Korea

CNN.com highlights high number of journalist arrests

CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon spoke extensively to CNN.com's Tom Watkins about the huge number of journalists imprisoned for their work around the globe. The piece comes at a time when two high profile cases--that of Roxana Saberi in Iran, and Euna Lee and Laura Ling in North Korea--have put the spotlight on jailed journalists. Read the full article, "Journalist arrests not rare, advocates say," online here.
April 21, 2009 10:11 AM ET

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