The journalists were reporting on North Korean refugees in China, and may have been led across the border by a guide “promising them exclusive footage of human trafficking or drug deals.” They’ve been detained since last Tuesday, March 17.
The State Department says “North Korea has assured Washington the Americans are being treated well.”
Ling’s sister is Lisa Ling of CNN’s Planet in Peril and the Oprah Winfrey Show.
And following up on a story we reported earlier this month, Roxana Saberi is still being detained in Iran despite initial reports she would be released soon. Her father says she has been told it may be “months or even years” before she is released.