2 U.S. Journalists have been sentenced to 12 years by a North Korea high court.
Wired PR News – North Korea has reportedly convicted two journalists from the United States of illegally crossing into the country and sentenced them to 12 years in a labor prison. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Laura Ling and Euna Lee were sentenced Monday after being tried by North Korea’s high court, and are unable to appeal the final decision.
As noted by the AP, Ling and Lee were arrested in March, while reporting on human trafficking near China’s border with North Korea. Little information has been released to U.S officials pertaining to the circumstances of their arrest or trial from then to now. Public attendance was not permitted at the trial. The conviction may reportedly add to increasing tensions between the country and the U.S.
Ling and Lee worked for Current TV. Laura Ling is the sister of journalist Lisa Ling.