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North Korea jails reporters. - June 9th 2009, 11:27 PM

North Korea jails US journalists 8 June 2009, BBC News
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A court in North Korea has sentenced two US journalists to 12 years' hard labour, state media say.

Euna Lee and Laura Ling were found guilty of "hostile acts" and illegal entry into the communist state.

They were arrested in March after allegedly crossing into North Korea from China.
US 'concern' for jailed reporters 8 June 2009, BBC News
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The verdict means that the journalists face the prospect of spending years in one of the North's prison camps, where conditions are reported to be extremely harsh, the BBC's Chris Hogg in Seoul says.

Euna Lee, a Korean-American, and Laura Ling, a Chinese-American, were arrested by North Korean guards on 17 March while working on the China-North Korea border on a story about refugees for California-based internet broadcaster Current TV.
Mercy please for held US reporters 9 June 2009, BBC News
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After a short trial, the North's official news agency KCNA said on Monday that the women had committed a "grave crime" and would be sentenced to 12 years of "reform through labour".

KCNA gave no further details.
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Re: North Korea jails reporters. - June 9th 2009, 11:51 PM

If the women were committing crimes, then the country they were committing crimes in has every right to punish them by their laws. It's no secret that North Korea has been hostile to other countries lately, so I'm sure the reporters realized they were taking risks by illegally entering the country. When you visit foreign countries, you are accepting the fact that they may have laws different than your country's, and that if you break said laws, you will be punished accordingly.


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Re: North Korea jails reporters. - June 10th 2009, 12:08 AM

It is not surprising to me at all that North Korea would arrest these reporters. North Korea's has very, very strict borders and laws. It is extremely difficult to get in and especially, to get out. Will they release them? I sure hope so. The U.S. will probably send an envoy (I think Al Gore has put his name in the hat) and hopefully, they will be able to negotiate with North Korea. However, North Korea will most likely try to hold onto these reporters for as long as possible, since they already have a very intense relationship with the U.S.


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Re: North Korea jails reporters. - June 10th 2009, 12:09 AM

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If the women were committing crimes, then the country they were committing crimes in has every right to punish them by their laws. It's no secret that North Korea has been hostile to other countries lately, so I'm sure the reporters realized they were taking risks by illegally entering the country. When you visit foreign countries, you are accepting the fact that they may have laws different than your country's, and that if you break said laws, you will be punished accordingly.
There's no proof, though, that they broke these laws. And with a closed-door trial, how could we know?



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Re: North Korea jails reporters. - June 10th 2009, 12:13 AM

I think its time for this bs to come to an end, and give them the war they have been waiting for..


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Re: North Korea jails reporters. - June 10th 2009, 12:16 AM

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I think its time for this bs to come to an end, and give them the war they have been waiting for..
Yeah, I remember the last time America invaded Korea it went particularly well....

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Seriously, starting ANOTHER war in the middle of a recession would not only make the USA unpopular at home and abroad but it would pretty much trash any reputation the Obama government has.

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Re: North Korea jails reporters. - June 10th 2009, 12:37 AM

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Yeah, I remember the last time America invaded Korea it went particularly well....

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Seriously, starting ANOTHER war in the middle of a recession would not only make the USA unpopular at home and abroad but it would pretty much trash any reputation the Obama government has.
Yeah, and let's not forget their leader is a nutcase and they're currently testing nuclear weapons.


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Re: North Korea jails reporters. - June 10th 2009, 12:37 AM

I am going to stick with the plan of "don't go anywhere NEAR North Korea"

Of course its closed door, its North Korea. They will likely hold onto these women as a bargaining chip.

I heard Gore is volunteering to mediate their release...seeing as he partly owns Current TV (the news company the reporters work for)
   
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