North Korea / 2009

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Lee and Ling: 'Instinctively, we ran.'

September 2, 2009 12:08 PM ET

Current TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were arrested by North Korean police on March 17 for allegedly entering the country illegally and carrying out "hostile acts." In June, they were sentenced to 12 years' hard labor. Now back in the U.S. after receiving a pardon, the two are...

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Lee, Ling supporters hold vigil to keep case in spotlight

June 25, 2009 5:46 PM ET

Last night, about 300 people gathered at San Francisco's Academy of Art University for a vigil for U.S. television journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling. Today marks the 100th day of captivity in North Korea for the women, who were arrested in March by North Korean guards while filming a...

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Saberi to Lee and Ling: 'You are not alone'

June 9, 2009 3:24 PM ET

Roxana Saberi, who was imprisoned in Iran for nearly four months, offers her thoughts on the detentions of U.S. journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee in North Korea. In this interview with CPJ, Saberi, left, said she was "amazed and very moved at the support I received" while in prison....

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Saberi voices support for colleagues held in North Korea

June 8, 2009 5:04 PM ET

Journalist Roxana Saberi, recently detained in Iran, asked us to release this statement on her behalf in response to the convictions of Laura Ling and Euna Lee in North Korea: "As a fellow journalist, I am shocked and saddened to hear about the heavy sentence handed to Laura Ling and...

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Monitoring the Lee, Ling case in North Korea

June 5, 2009 5:13 PM ET

I've been staying up nights waiting for news on journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling, who are detained and facing trial in North Korea. The government in Pyongyang, through its official Korean Central News Agency, posted this terse item on Thursday: "The Central Court of the DPRK will start a...

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Euna Lee, Laura Ling families to speak out

May 29, 2009 4:31 PM ET

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...

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Schiff, Pence speak out for press freedom

May 5, 2009 3:24 PM ET

"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...

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April 21, 2009 10:11 AM ET

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...

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