US Current TV reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were arrested in the China-North Korea border on March 17, were convicted of a serious crime against North Korean government and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in prison.
Laura, the sister of former The View co-host Lisa Ling, and Euna, were accused of crossing the China-North Korean border while reporting a story on human trafficking by Kim Jong Il’s regime. The two insist that their border crossing was accidental but because they were tried by The Central Court, the highest court of North Korea, there can be no appeal.
State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said: “We are deeply concerned by the reported sentencing of the two American citizen journalists by North Korean authorities, and we are engaged through all possible channels to secure their release.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Laura and Eunaâ€™s families! We hope they can come home soon, safe and sound!
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