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May 22nd, 2009
02:58 PM ET

Free Euna Lee and Laura Ling

Jami Floyd
In Session Anchor

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/22/ling-laura-lisa-mom.jpg caption="Laura Ling, far right, with her mother, center, and sister Lisa Ling, left"]

Roxana Saberi is free. The Iranian government had accused the young reporter of spying but, under international pressure, Iran reduced the eight year prison sentence to two years and suspended it. So she’s coming home and that’s good news.

But there has been no such outcry about Laura Ling and Euna Lee, two other young reporters, behind bars in North Korea. It’s hard to know why some stories take off and others do not. But I do believe that more Americans would care about Laura and Euna if they knew about their plight.

The North Korean government says the women are spies but they are not; they are journalists, and more. Laura is a daughter and a sister. Euna is a mother, with a four-year-old daughter Hannah, who misses her mother terribly.

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  1. Barbara in Boston

    Finally! I've been waiting since March for CNN to report on this.

    May 22, 2009 at 5:55 pm |