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Lisa Ling's Sister and Fellow Reporter Sentenced to 12 Years Hard Labor in North Korea

8 June 2009 10:30 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

U.S. journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling, sister of former View co-host Lisa Ling, have been sentenced to 12 years in a labor prison by North Korea's Central Court.

The reporters, who were working for Current TV, a company co-founded by Al Gore, were convicted of a "grave crime they committed against the Korean nation and their illegal border crossing," the Korean Central News Agency said.

Claiming suspicion of "hostile acts," North Korean authorities detained Lee and Ling along the China-North Korea border on March 17. The two were on assignment reporting on the plight of North Korean refugees.

"We are deeply concerned by the reported sentencing of the two American citizen journalists by North Korean authorities, and we are engaged through all possible channels to secure their release," U.S. State Department spokesman Ian Kelley said in a statement. "We once again urge North Korea to grant ...

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Lisa Ling's Sister and Friend Sentenced to 12 Years Hard Labor

8 June 2009 3:20 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

At first, no news over the weekend almost seemed promising for Lisa Ling - whose sister, Laura Ling, and friend, Euna Lee - had been arrested by North Korean military on the Chinese border March 17 and faced trial on June 4 for alleged "hostile acts." As Lisa tweeted on Friday, "Trying to believe that Laura and Euna have won some hearts over, hence the silence." But on Sunday, June 7, CNN reported that the Korean Central News Agency said the women had been sentenced to 12 years in labor camps "for the grave crime they committed against the Korean nation and their illegal border crossing. »

- Cynthia Wang

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