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2 U.S. Reporters Held by North Korea

March 26, 2009

Days ahead of a suspected missile test launch by North Korea, the communist nation is being said to have detained two American women reporters who reportedly strayed into it’s territory while attempting to gain footage of refugee camps along the North Korea – Chinese border.  Laura Ling and Euna Lee both work for former Vice President Al Gore’s San Francisco-based Currant TV. There are conflicting reports of where the arrest took place, with some claiming Ling and Lee were within North Korean territory, while others stated that the arrest took place when they were still in China.   The Committee To Protect Journalists (CPJ) has issued a call for the women’s release.  Diplomatic efforts are said to be underway in an attempt to secure the release of Ling and Lee.  

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.