Two American journalists are under arrest in North Korea and the communist country is planning to put the two women on trial for so-called “hostile acts.” The journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, stumbled across the Chinese border into North Korea while researching a documentary about starving North Korean refugees.
It is not clear when the North Koreans will hold their so-called trial but the situation is troubling, to say the least. Laura and Euna have been in custody since March 17th; and the government’s state-run news agency has “reported” that the women have implicated themselves during interrogations. North Korea is accusing these reporters of illegal entry and hostile acts, which they have yet to define.
I don’t know these women personally; but they are affiliated with Current TV. Current is the global television network for independent journalists started by my old boss, Al Gore. I know a lot of the people affiliated with Current and I know its very purpose is to give independent journalists a voice. Current is based in San Francisco, my old stomping ground, and I came up with some of the folks who file their reports with Current in the effort to influence what we see on television.
Laura Ling also happens to be sister to my colleague, former “View” co-host Lisa Ling. So, I know lots of people who do know these two reporters and from everything I’ve heard, they are not criminals; they are not spies. They are hard working journalists who have lost their freedom for attempting to tell the truth about a repressive regime; and we should all be calling for their release.
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