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North Korea must explain detention of journalists

We issued this statement today after North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency announced that two American news reporters, Current TV's Laura Ling and Euna Lee, will be tried for alleged illegal entry into North Korea and hostile acts ...
  
"We are concerned by the reports that Ling and Lee have been charged and will apparently be brought to trial. We call on the North Korean government to explain the circumstances of the detention of these two journalists. We repeat our earlier call for China and North and South Korea and the United States to work together diplomatically to secure the release of these two women," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's Asia program coordinator. 
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Hostile acts? I seriously doubt it. They're JOURNALISTS. I can see why North Korea wouldn't want them to be there and I am truly thankful for this group trying to protect them. My mother is a journalist who has traveled the world.

I have been an active follower of Laura Ling's work for Current.com and the entire Vanguard series that it produces. Many of us are very concerned with her capture and are eager for her release.
Still, many members of the Current community are further angered by the editors'decision not to show any information (and remove any user-created/posted content) related to her plight.
Is there some greater good being served by Current's self-imposed censorship?

Hi.I Am Marco from Indonesia. I Am a journalist too. A few days ago, two journalist from Netherland catch in Papua, Indonesia. Local Imigration arrseted them because made a documenter of Papua Freedom Movement (OPM). The imigration said that the two journalist have no permit to report the demonstration. I think it's same case with Laura Ling and Euna Lee. And i think we have to fight for them because journalist have a freedom to write story. We are not spionase or secret service. We work for people, so we can't border just because we are not from the citizens of the country that we report.

marco tampubolon April 1, 2009 3:06:16 AM ET

Help release American journalists Laura Ling & Euna Lee, send emails to KCNA in N. Korea http://hispanicnewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2009/03/letter-to-editor-korean-central-news.html

I have sent emails to KCNA in the past, questioning 'information' they've published and 'sources' they've cited. I've never received any reply. North Korea's only motivation for detaining these journalists is political. If they had Chinese credentials when approached by DPRK soldiers, they never would've been detained.

North Korea is horrible something needs to be done about it ASAP!

Well, to be fair those journalists shouldn't be entering a country they're not allowed to enter. They broke North Korean laws, and it makes sense for them to be put on trial there.

I do think North Korea is over reacting, but that's nothing new. Laws still have to be respected.

If you are going to NK you are taking a risk, as a journalist you should know upfront that the risk is very big en NK will do anything to discredit the west.

Now it's coming out that Kim Jong Il may have even duped Bill Clinton, and that he has many body doubles.