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.