She Is Focused

June 8, 2009

Laura Ling & Assistant Sentenced to 12 Years

Filed under: Chat 'bout — Felicia @ 12:15 pm

As a fellow journalist, I really feel for these two ladies. Journalism as we know it has sunken to an all time low. Gone are the days of fact-checking, writing a story from your words and your words only and bring in all the made up hoopla imaginable. Euna Lee and Laura LingImagine being sent to prison for simply doing your job?

Laura Ling, sister to famous journalist Lisa Ling, and her assistant Euna Lee were working together on a documentary which detailed North Korean castaways migrating over to China. The two women were charged for hostile acts and illegally crossing the border into North Korea. The trial which began on Thursday, June 4 was closed to outsiders and outlined both women illegally crossing the border from China. They were sentened today June 8th, 4 days later.

The White House is currently doing all that it can to have the two women sent home. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has sent a letter to North Korean officials asking that the women be released, to no avail. The women have each recieved 12 years of hard labor in one of North Korea’s roughest prison camps.

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