June 17th, 2009
06:31 PM ET

In search of a story

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/17/ling-lee-skorea-protest.jpg caption="A South Korean activist holding pictures of U.S. journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling"]

Jami Floyd
In Session anchor

The families of two American journalists convicted of “hostilities against the Korean nation” and sentenced to hard labor in a North Korean prison camp are speaking out. The families of Euna Lee and Laura Ling say that yesterday’s news from North Korea said that the women had admitted crossing into the country illegally was the first (and only) word they have had about them since last week’s sentencing.

Of course, Americans visiting other countries must follow their laws. If we don’t, we will be subject to their system of justice, no matter how undemocratic it may be. In this case, however, Lee and Ling weren’t in North Korea; they were in China. Even if they did cross the border, they have apologized, publicly, privately and repeatedly.

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