N. Korea delays sending journalists to jail

July 10, 2009 6:30:41 AM PDT
A scholar who visited North Korea says the communist regime has delayed sending two convicted U.S. journalists to a prison camp. The decision signals the north may be attempting to talk with the U.S. about a safe release.

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University of Georgia political scientist Han Park told a South Korean newspaper that reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee are being kept at a guest house in the North Korean capital. Ling and Lee, both work for San Francisco based Current TV.

They were sentenced last month to 12 years of hard labor for entering North Korea illegally in March.

Meanwhile, Laura Ling's sister, Lisa, spoke at the state capitol in a vigil Thursday night in Sacramento. She says a phone call earlier this week leaves her with no doubt that diplomacy is the only hope of freedom for her sister and Lee.

"She said very decisively and deliberately, 'We violated the law in North Korea. We broke the law. And right now, the only hope of us coming home is if our government asks the government of North Korea for amnesty. At this point, that is our only hope.' So, that is why we are all out here tonight: to ask for amnesty but also to ask for forgiveness," said Lisa Ling.

Friends and co-workers also gathered in San Francisco last night to take a group picture and sign postcards to send Ling and Lee, as a show of support.

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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