On March 17, 2009, Laura Ling and and Euna Lee, two employees of San Francisco-based Current TV – a media venture founded by former Vice President Al Gore, were shooting video along the China/North Korea border for a story they were working on about the trafficking of women in the region. They were stopped by North Korean border guards and arrested immediately thereafter. Both women were transported to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, where they remained under arrest until their trial.
A verdict in their closed trial was reached on June 8, and both Laura and Euna were sentenced to 12 years of reform through labor for illegal entry and grave crimes against the North Korean state.
Since the sentencing, the families have received calls, and during the second call on July 7, Laura told her sister Lisa Ling that she and Euna did violate North Korean law and confessed to all of the charges levied against them. They expressed deep regret for their actions and asked for continued support from our country and its citizens for their amnesty.
If you live in Sacramento, San Francisco, Phoenix, Paris or Washington D.C., come out to show your support for Laura and Euna tonight, at one of the five vigils being held around the world. Lisa Ling, her sister Laura’s husband Iain Clayton, and Euna Lee’s husband Michael Saldate will speak at the vigil at the California State Capitol in Sacramento tonight at 6:30pm.
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
California State Capitol (Sacramento, CA)
10th Street and Capitol Mall
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
San Francisco City Hall (San Francisco, CA)
Grove and Van Ness
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Changing Hands Bookstore (Phoenix, AZ)
6428 S McClintock Dr.
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Peace Wall, Champs de Mars (Paris, France)
Place Jacques Rueff, 75007
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Dupont Circle (Washington, DC)
Check out the website www.lauraandeuna.com, created by the families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee, to see how you can help to secure amnesty for the two women and help bring them home.
The Families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee Respond to Korean Central News Agency Report
A Statement from AAJA about Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, Sentenced to 12 Years in North Korea Labor Prison
Allan Dodds Frank and Maya Lin Speak out at New York Vigil for Detained Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee
NYC Vigil to bring Laura Ling and Euna Lee home
U.S. State Department deputy department spokesman Robert Wood answers questions about detained journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee
Lisa Ling talks to Matt Lauer on The Today Show
Nationwide Vigils June 3 for Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee Detained in North Korea
The families of Detained Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee will be on The Today Show and Larry King on June 1
Multimedia: New York Vigil for the Release of Detained Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee.
Candlelight Vigils for the Release of Detained Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee in New York City, Chicago, Portland, Los Angeles and Orlando
U.S. Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee Arrested by North Korea to Face Trial in June
AAJA Reacts to the News of Roxana Saberi’s Release, Laura Ling and Euna Lee Still in Custody in North Korea