Posts Tagged ‘Euna Lee’
Unnamed sources in South Korea are reporting President Bill Clinton most likely returning home with Laura Ling and Euna Lee of Current TV. The two journalists were sentenced to 12 years hard labor by North Korea for what we believe amounts to trespassing or being in the country.
But here is our favorite sentence in the LAT:
Clinton, the husband of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, is the highest-profile U.S. official to visit North Korea in nearly a decade.
The husband of Secretary of State? May we say, congratulations Hillary.
In a typically terse statement issued Monday, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that the women were sentenced to 12 years of “reform through labor.”
Eep. No way that sounds worse than it is.
So thank God they have a celebrity on their side. Ashton Kutcher has taken up the cause of Twitter. Journalists can scoff at Twitter and celebrities all day long – but if we were being held by an erratic country unfriendly to the US with an ailing megalomaniac leader with little to lose – we’d want Ashton twittering about our plight.
Our thanks to our sister blog BayNewser for being on this.
Previously on FBLA: Candlelight Vigil Tonight For Imprisoned Journalists
Tonight there will be candlelight vigils across the nation for Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the journalists currently detained in North Korea. The Los Angeles vigil will be held at Wokcano in Santa Monica, 1413 5th Street, from 6:30 to 9. More information is available on the vigil’s Facebook page.
Ling and Lee were reporting on the trafficking of women along the border with China when they were taken into custody. The women have been detained since March 17 and have been charged with engaging in “hostile acts.” Their trial is set to begin tomorrow and if they are found guilty they could spend 5-10 years in prison.