North Korea / Asia


Euna Lee, Laura Ling families to speak out

With a June 4 criminal trial date looming for what North Korea calls “hostile acts,” the families of Euna Lee and Laura Ling have decided to speak out about the two journalists’ detention in Pyongyang. The two women have been held since March 17. In a Facebook announcement, the families told supporters: “Our families have…

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CPJ calls on North Korea to release journalists

In response to a North Korean statement that American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling of U.S. media outlet Current TV, arrested on March 17 along the border with China, will be put on trial on June 4, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued this statement…

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Schiff, Pence speak out for press freedom

“Information is power, which is precisely why many governments attempt to control the press to suppress opposition and preempt dissent,” said U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who three years ago founded the Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press. “Far too often, the reporters and editors who demand reform, accountability, and transparency find…

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North Korea will try American journalists

New York, April 24, 2009–The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today after North Korea announced that it would try American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee on unspecified criminal charges, according to international news reports.

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CPJ calls for North Korea to free Lee, Ling

In response to reports that North Korea would formally indict U.S. journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were arrested on the border with China more than a month ago, we issued the following statement…

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CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon spoke extensively to’s Tom Watkins about the huge number of journalists imprisoned for their work around the globe. The piece comes at a time when two high profile cases–that of Roxana Saberi in Iran, and Euna Lee and Laura Ling in North Korea–have put the spotlight on jailed journalists. Read…

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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 …  

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Reports say North Korea has detained U.S. journalists

New York, March 19, 2009–Diplomats in China, North Korea, and the United States should cooperate to ensure the safe release of two journalists and a guide reportedly detained by North Korea while working near the country’s border with China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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