Husbands of imprisoned reporters speak

KTVU reports there were some heart-wrenching moments Wednesday night at a vigil in San Francisco where the husbands of Current TV reporters Laura Ling and Euna Ling talked about the imprisonment of their wives by North Korea. Iain Clayton said his wife, Laura Ling, is suffering from an ulcer and she requires medical attention. “From what we have heard is that it has actually gotten worse,” Clayton saod. “And not only is their physical situation of concern, but also their

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N. Korea lays out case against journalists

Current TV reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee were carrying a tape when they were captured by the North Koreans that included narration admitting that they were entering the communist country without permission. “We’ve just entered a North Korean courtyard without permission,” the Korean translation of their videotape narration said, according to Korean Central News Agency. Ling, 32, and Lee, 36, who work for Al Gore’s San Francisco-based Current TV media group, were sentenced last Monday to 12 years of

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Lee, Ling were passionate about their work

The LA Times says Lisa Ling and Euna Lee, the two Current TV reporters captured by the North Koreans, were passionate about their work. [Colleague Derrick] Shore and others who have worked with Ling during her years at Channel One and later at Current TV describe a bold and hardworking journalist who is both personable and empathetic. They say those traits served her in her work, including the human trafficking story she was reporting on when she and colleague Euna

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The silent treatment didn’t work

When North Korea captured reporters Euna Lee and Laura Ling 83 days ago, it barely made the news. AP moved a short story, and papers such as the Chronicle buried it inside. For the next couple of months, there was mostly silience. Their employer, San Francisco’s Current TV, refused to comment and has been deleting comments from readers about Lee and Ling from the company’s Web sites. Al Gore, co-founder of Current TV, has had little to say. Two months

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Rally in SF for jailed Current TV reporters

The Chron reports that about 100 friends and supporters of Current TV reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee gathered on the steps of San Francisco City Hall on Wednesday evening to call for their release by North Korea. The women are reporters for Current TV, the San Francisco-based network and Web operation that was co-founded by Al Gore. They were arrested by guards on North Korea’s northeastern border and are to go on trial today (Thursday). The Chron noted that

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New strategy to free Current TV reporters

For the first two months after Current TV reporters Euna Lee and Laura Ling were captured by the North Koreans, their families and their San Francisco-based employer kept quiet in the hopes that diplomacy would result in their release. But now that Lee and Ling are scheduled to go on trial Thursday, their families hit the talk shows on Monday to plead for their release. Here’s the Washington Post’s account of their “Today” show appearance: Two months after their arrest,

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Ling’s sister to appear on Larry King

Actress Lisa Ling is scheduled to appear Monday night on CNN’s “Larry King Live” to talk about her sister, Current TV reporter Lisa Ling, who along with fellow journalist Euna Lee were captured by the North Koreans on March 17. The North Korean government plans to put the two women on trial Thursday. The LA Times reports that experts believe it is likely the two could face up to 15 years of hard labor: When North Korea detained two American

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Trial date set for Current TV reporters

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

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Quiet diplomacy and a candlelight vigil

State Department acting spokesman Robert Wood told reporters Friday the U.S. is working quietly to gain the release of Current TV reporters Euna Lee and Laura Ling who were captured by the North Koreans on March 17, according to AFP and Voice of America. “We continue to call on the North Koreans to release the two Americans so they can be returned to their families,” Wood said. Washington has no diplomatic ties with Pyongyang and the Swedish embassy is representing

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North Korea indicts Current TV reporters

North Korea has decided to put Current TV reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee on trial following an investigation into allegations that they entered the communist country illegally and conducted “hostile acts,” state-controlled media in North Korea reported today, according to AP and the London Telegraph. Lee, a Korean-American, and Ling, a Chinese-American, were arrested March 17 along the narrow Tumen River, which marks the border with China. They were working on a story about refugees fleeing North Korea. The

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