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Take Action: N. Korea Convicts Journalists Laura Ling, Euna Lee; Hands Down 12-Year Sentence

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The nightmare continued tonight for journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were convicted a few hours ago by the North Korean government and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor (Alltop news page).

Laura and Euna, employees of San Francisco-based Current TV – a media venture founded by former Vice President Al Gore – were arrested March 17 near the North Korean border while reporting on refugees living in China. Both women, accused by North Korea of crossing into the country illegally from China and committing “hostile acts,” were be tried on criminal charges last week.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said charges against two American journalists detained in North Korea for illegally entering the country are baseless and they should be allowed to return home. The U.S. government believes “that the charges against these young women are absolutely without merit or foundation,” Clinton said on ABC television’s “This Week.” Clinton nodded when asked if she’d sent a letter asking for their release. “I have taken every action that we thought would produce the result we’re looking for,” Clinton said. “We hope the trial ends quickly, it’s resolved, and they’re sent home.”

Please join the effort to amp up the noise in support of Laura and Euna.

*NEW* ALLTOP NEWS PAGE ON LAURA AND EUNA
http://laura-and-euna.alltop.com

FOLLOW ON TWITTER
http://twitter.com/liberatelaura

JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=60755553149

SIGN THE PETITION FOR THEIR RELEASE (new link)
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/131375038

PETITION FROM ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY (EUNA IS A GRADUATE)
http://www.academyart.edu/petition

PETITION FROM LAURA’S MOTHER REQUESTING THAT
PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SECRETARY CLINTON INTERVENE
http://capwiz.com/democracyforvietnam/issues/alert/?alertid=13504481

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL LETTER TO CHINA
http://www.thenation.com/blogs/actnow/442937/press_china_to_help_free_ling_and_lee

SEEISMIC VIDEO PETITION
http://www.teamjaded.com/2009/06/free-laura-ling-and-euna-lee-video_11.html

WRITE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA*
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

WRITE YOUR SENATOR*
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

WRITE YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS*
https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

* LETTER TEMPLATE FROM STAR JONES
http://positivelystar.blogspot.com/2009/06/get-involved-for-laura-ling-and-euna.html

READ AND SUBSCRIBE TO
http://liberatelaura.wordpress.com

Leave a comment if you have any other actions you’d like to have listed here.

Written by Keith Kamisugi

June 7, 2009 at 11:07 pm

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  3. Gosh, you all are such LOSERS…friggin progressives. It’s their fault. JOURNALISTS are liars.THey trespassed and North korea has EVERY RIGHT.

    seeking validation type of asian

    June 8, 2009 at 3:29 am

  4. They have every right? You really think 12 years of hard labor is called for – even if they did “trespass?” It hasn’t even been precisely determined if they entered North Korea, were abducted, or misled there. Surely, you have much better things to do than get on the internet and call people “losers” for trying to seek the safety and return of two women who DO NOT deserve the sentencing they got today… unless you don’t have better things to do then I suggest you look the word “Loser” up while looking in the mirror: the person who will stare back at you is the classic definition.

    Oh

    June 8, 2009 at 3:59 am

  5. Ignore the ignorant person and instead of getting into a flame war, write to your senator. Being imprisoned in North Korea is a fate that shouldn’t be wished on anyone.

    NoFlameWars

    June 8, 2009 at 9:56 am

  6. At present, the main problem for the two captives is that the “affair” is high profile and in the media – assuming (and that is a big assumption) that NK wanted to let them go, they could not without a loss of face.
    Two things must be worked out: (1) have the spotlight directed elsewhere; this will happen with time. (2) create the opportunity, excuse, to let them go; this is usually done through negotiations where both parties work at finding a plausible explanation for a resolution that will allow NK (in this case) to look good, and maybe obtain concessions or goods.
    The Chinese appear in the best position to conduct these negotiations – I am not a specialist, but is seems from here that the quicker this is no longer on the front pages, the better. (the event was not excessively published in Chinese newspapers).

    I do not think their lives is in danger & I do not think they will be mistreated, but I imagine that NK prisons may be a bit Spartan and deprived of comfort. The prospect of maybe two winters there is not something I would be looking for. Let’s hope and pray that they are held together, it would be easier on them.

    Of course, if the relations with NK deteriorate, all bets are off for an early liberation.

    Fred Dupont

    June 9, 2009 at 11:37 am

  7. This is a punishment not worth the crime. None of us truly know what happened but if any of us have followed these journalists we know in our hearts this is an extreme sentence of a barbaric nature. To criticize their intentions is naive and ignorant. If they were in fact crossing the border it is not a justification for sentencing of twelve years. In any other country they would be removed and/or deported. North Korea is clearly an irrational country with unpredictable actions that includes a leader with no humanitarian intentions. I am disgusted by comments that insist they deserve or asked for this. We are living in a time where we depend on honest and fearless journalism. While they may have known the sensitive territory they were near, they do not deserves the treatment or sentence they received. I support their efforts and am truly sorry for Lisa, Euna and their families. Personally, I wish there was something I can do to other than pledge support

    Mindy Weiss

    June 9, 2009 at 7:32 pm

  8. Euna Lee is a 2001 graduate of the Academy of Art University. We have compiled an online petition to call for the immediate release of Euna Lee and Laura Ling. Please join us by adding your name: http://www.academyart.edu/petition

    Academy of Art University

    June 16, 2009 at 12:27 pm

  9. Посоветовали мне этот блог, и видно что незря, есть все что я хотел найти.

    Tamada

    September 15, 2009 at 10:14 am


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