U.S. journalist calls sister from North Korea

July 9, 2009 2:26:31 PM PDT
The sister of one of the two American journalists imprisoned in North Korea says she received a phone call from Laura Ling on Tuesday night.

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Lisa Ling, a National Geographic reporter, says it's the third time Laura has called since she was detained in March, along with Euna Lee. The pair were sentenced to 12 years in prison last month by the North Korean government. Lisa Ling says her sister told her that they broke North Korean law, and need the U.S. government's help in getting amnesty. She says she feels more hopeful after speaking with her sister.

"We would go days, weeks, without hearing nothing at all. So, to actually hear her say, 'here's the deal, we confessed, we broke the law, and we need to appeal for amnesty, we apologize,' I mean that was a real important breakthrough for us because of the lack of communication," said Lisa Ling.

Laura Ling and Euna Lee were working for San Francisco-based Current TV when they were arrested on charges of illegally entering the country while reporting on the border between North Korea and China.

Supporters are being asked to write postcards to Ling and Lee. Their families will collect the notes and they will be sent to the women, who are reportedly able to receive messages.

Please write separate cards to Ling and Lee and send them to:
Laura Ling and Euna Lee
c/o PO Box 2174
Toluca Lake, CA 91610

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