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
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
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
"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."
New York, April 24,
2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today after
New York, March 19, 2009--Diplomats in China, North Korea, and the United States should cooperate to ensure the safe release of two journalists and a guide reportedly detained by North Korea while working near the country's border with China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
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