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Laura Ling, Euna Lee Convicted; Sentenced to 12 Years

Ling_6.8.jpgBreaking: The AP reports North Korea has convicted Current TV journalists Laura Ling (pictured) and Euna Lee and sentenced them to 12 years of “reform through labor”

The two were detained March 17 after being led across the North Korean border by a guide. Their trial took just 5-days. A Korean-language version of the verdict said they were convicted of “hostility toward the Korean people.”

The State Department said it would “engage in all possible channels” to win their release.

The Weekend Ticker: Ling, Roberts, Bartiromo…

> On Monday, Lisa Ling sits down with Matt Lauer on the Today show for her first interview since her sister Laura and Laura’s colleague Euna Lee were taken into custody in North Korea. Ling will be joined by her parents as well as Laura’s husband, Iain Clayton and Lee’s husband Michael Saldate.

> Also Monday, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts will report live from Galveston, TX and Sam Champion will be in South Florida on day one of the 2009 hurricane season. Galveston was decimated by Hurricane Ike last hurricane season.

> CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo is on her way to Russia this weekend. She’ll interview Pres. Dimitry Medvedev on Monday, broadcast live from Red Square on Tuesday, then head to St. Petersburg Wednesday where she will moderate a panel made up of four current and former heads of state.

Detained U.S. Reporters Held in North Korea to Go on Trial June 4

Ling_5.14.jpgBayNewser reports that detained Current TV reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee will go on trial June 4. That is according to North Korea’s official news agency.

It says the two are “accused of entering the country illegally and intending ‘hostile acts.’”

More on BayNewser

Jailed Journalists Update: Saberi, Lee, Ling

saberi_4-29.bmpAn Iranian appeals court has agreed to hear the case of jailed American journalist Roxana Saberi next week. Saberi has been on a hunger strike since April 18 when an Iranian court convicted her of spying. Saberi’s father says his daughter is “weak and frail” after being admitted to a prison hospital last Friday.

ling_4-29.jpgLess is known about Current TV journalists Laura Ling (pictured) and Euna Lee, who were detained in North Korea on March 17, and will face trial for their unspecified “hostile acts.” A conviction could carry a sentence of up to 10 years.

A Current spokesperson tells TVNewser: “We do not have a comment.”

Robert Mackey who is editor of The Lede blog on NYTimes.com, asks, “Is it that the theocratic leadership in Iran seems easier to talk to, and comprehend, than the Stalinist leadership in North Korea?”

Related: Broadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie writes: “Freelance Journos Under Seige.”

Detained Journalists Abroad: Ling and Saberi

ling_3-25b.jpgTwo American journalists, Laura Ling (pictured) and Euna Lee, working for Current TV continue to be detained in North Korea.

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.

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