Laura Ling and Euna Lee, reporters for former Vice President Al Gore’s media outlet Current TV based in San Francisco, were seized Tuesday along the Chinese-North Korean border, the AP is reporting. Their Chinese guide also was detained although a third journalist with the group, Mitch Koss, apparently eluded capture.

Current TV, with studios and offices across the street from AT&T Park in the China Basin area of San Francisco, is a cable network and online media outlet that has its own reporters and also uses content from viewers. The company said this morning it has no comment on the situation.

Ling is a sister of Lisa Ling, a former co-host of “The View” and now a contributing correspondent for Explorer.

South Korean’s YTN network first reported the detentions early Thursday, saying two Americans were arrested near the Tumen River dividing North Korea and China. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, citing diplomatic sources, said North Korean soldiers took them into custody after they ignored orders to stop filming.

Reporters Without Borders called for the immediate release of the journalists and their guide and urged Chinese authorities to intercede on their behalf “as they were probably on Chinese soil when they were arrested.” (Photo credits: Yonhap via AP)

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  1. I wouldn’t say that, Anon, but I would say it’s shoddy journalism at best. I mistakenly saw one piece on drug dealers setting up pot farms in national parks and forests and they treated it like a hiliarious joke (looped goofy music and burning pot) instead of attempting to find out the negative side of it: destruction of delicate ecosystems, pollution, dangerous people with guns, etc.

    It was completely pointless “news.”

  2. I agree with poster No. 1. Just because you would like to be called a journalist, doesn’t make you one. Ask Josh Wolf. Current TV is essentially 10 non-journalist-hipster-chain-smokers looking at clips from video bloggers with zero following and deciding to call some of it journalism. Nice creation Al Gore. I liked him better when he was pretending to invent the Internet and pretending to almost win an election. (That said, bring the bloggers home safely please, so we can move on.)

  3. I hope they’re released unharmed, but to call them journalists is a stretch. Current TV is Al Gore’s network. A TV version of bankrupt Air America. I haven not seen the work of the two women who are being held by the North Koreans, but most of the material on Current TV is unprofessional and one-sided.

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