North Korea’s state news agency says the Current TV reporters detained for illegally entering the communist country will go on trial June 4.

“The Central Court of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea decided to try American journalists on June 4 according to the indictment of the competent organ,” the Korean Central News Agency said, according to a the AFP news agency.

The one-sentence report gave no further details.

Euna Lee, a Korean-American, and Laura Ling, a Chinese-American, were detained before dawn on March 17 along the narrow Tumen River which marks the border with China.

The pair, who are employed by Al Gore’s Current TV in San Francisco, were working on a story about refugees fleeing the communist North.

The North has previously said they would go on trial for “hostile acts” and for illegally entering the country. Their trial would be held “on the basis of the confirmed crimes committed by them,” it has previously announced. [Read previous stories]

Bay Area Media News


  1. The fact that their employer, a supposed new media company, refuses all comment when asked by actual reporters, makes my give-a-damn level drop considerably. The SFPPC may not have forgotten, but thanks to Current’s arrogance, I pretty much have.

  2. it seems they have become pawns in an international tug-of-war that has nothing to do with them and everything to do with the ego of kim jong-il

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