Archive for Thursday, May 14, 2009

U.S. reporters will stand trial June 4

May 14, 2009


— North Korea said Thursday that two U.S. journalists arrested nearly two months ago near the nation’s border with China will stand trial on June 4.

Laura Ling and Euna Lee, reporters for former Vice President Al Gore’s San Francisco-based Current TV media venture, were detained March 17 while reporting on North Korean refugees living across the border in China.

The brief dispatch in Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency did not say what charges they face and gave no other details. State media previously said Ling and Lee stand accused of illegal entry and unspecified “hostile” acts — charges that could carry up to 10 years in prison.

North Korea’s detention of the two Americans comes at a time of mounting tensions between Pyongyang and Washington, and there are concerns Pyongyang could use the women as bargaining chips as it seeks to position itself for talks with the Obama administration.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 1 month ago

At least they're getting charged and tried-- that's more than the US has done for the journalists it arrests.

temperance 9 years, 1 month ago

Bozo – You’re absolutely right. The US continues to hold Iraqi journalist Ibrahim Jassam without charges, even though an Iraqi court found that there's no evidence of his guilt. And we held Pulitzer-prize winning AP photographer Bilal Hussein for two years without any charges.

But we both know that these facts won’t stop the usual crowd from pounding their chests and sermonizing about how law-abiding and civilized we are.

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