05/23/2017

N. Korea Trial for Lisa Ling's Sister

Right now things are looking a bit bleak for journalist Laura Ling, the sister of journalist Lisa Ling.  A couple weeks back, Laura was arrested by the North Korean military along the North Korea-China border, as she was covering a story on North Korean defectors.

It now appears that Laura and another journalist, Euna Lee, are going be be tried for “hostile acts” against North Korea (via People):

Preparations for an indictment are already underway, with Laura Ling and Euna Lee headed for a trial on the basis of “already confirmed suspicions,” according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

“The illegal entry of U.S. reporters into the DPRK and their suspected hostile acts have been confirmed by evidence and their statements,” the news agency said.

Ling and Lee, who work for former Vice President Al Gore’s media venture Current TV, were captured by a North Korean military patrol on March 17 near the North Korea/China border. The journalists were in China filming a documentary on North Korean defectors who reside there.

According to Slant Eye for the Round Eye, both journalists could be sentenced to up to 10 years of forced labor if convicted.

Former Vice President Al Gore has asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to intercede on the journlists’ behalf.  In addition, the United States has also requested help from the Chinese government.

We’ll continue monitoring this story.  Meanwhile, ask President Obama to get both journalists freed.

— Gautam Dutta

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