American journalists held in North Korea to be tried

After the news of Roxana Saberi’s imminent release this week comes a reminder of the harrowing situation of two American journalists currently held in North Korea. Laura Ling and Euna Lee were arrested on March 17 on the border between China and North Korea reporting on North Korean refugees for Current TV. The pair will be put on trial on June 4 for illegal entry and “hostile acts.” The court responsible for the trial, the Central Court, ordinarily hands down verdicts at the end of a one-day hearing, and the pair face at least 5 years in a labor camp for “hostile acts” and 3 years for illegal entry. According to the Washington Post, “Since the 1990s, at least three other Americans have been detained by the North for extended periods after entering the country. All three were released after negotiations.”

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