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North Korea, release journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling

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June 8, 2009

JAWS CONDEMNS SENTENCING OF JOURNALISTS LEE AND LING

The Journalism & Women Symposium joins with journalists worldwide in
condemning the deplorable injustice of sentencing American journalists
Euna Lee and Laura Ling to 12 years in a North Korean labor prison.

JAWS implores Secretary of State Clinton, the U.S. State Department and
all diplomatic parties to step up efforts to secure the release of Lee
and Ling and separate this case of journalists, doing their jobs, from
continuing geopolitical issues suffusing the region in recent weeks. It
calls upon the North Korean government to reconsider this severe
sentence given for "hostile acts" still unspecified and allow the
journalists to be returned to their families, from whom they have been
separated for nearly three months.

Lee and Ling, who were working on a story about North Korean refugees
along the Chinese border, were captured and detained on March 17, and
were put on trial June 4, charged with committing hostilities against
the Korean nation and illegal entry.

The Journalism & Women Symposium is a national organization that
promotes the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in
journalism. With more than 350 members JAWS works toward a more accurate
portrayal of the whole society.

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3 Comments

I feel bad for the journalists and hope for a quick release but I have to question their judgement about why they were there in the first place. This whole fiasco plays right into the hands of K.J.Ill. It is bad enough that the US has its hands full with N. Korea and their rockets. Now this. If they were on China's soil, then they were kidnapped. If not, then N. Korea has a point. My guess is that they were kidnapped but shouldn't have put themselves and the US in this position to begin with.

Very heartened by JAWS speaking out on behalf of Lee and Ling.

NORTH KOREA RELEASE THESE TWO LADIES!
DON'T USE THEM AS PAWNS LIKE A GAME OF CHESS!
LET THEM GO HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES!
SENDING OUT A PRAYER FOR THE RELEASE OF THESE
TWO GREAT LADIES, NORTH KOREA SHOW SO HEART AND
STEP UP AND RELEASE THEM NOW!

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