Headlines and Commentary
Two Female Journalists Sentenced In N. Korea
June 08, 2009

Washington Post Excerpt: SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea's top court has convicted two U.S. journalists, and sentenced them to 12 years in labor prison, the country's state news agency reported Monday.

The Central Court tried American TV reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee and confirmed their unspecified "grave crime" against the nation, and of illegally crossing into North Korea, the Korean Central News Agency said.

It said the court - which tried the women from June 4 to 8 - "sentenced each of them to 12 years of reform through labor." The report gave no other details: Click Here

Commentary: Personally, I think that some journalists really do put themselves in harms-way. The article says that it is not known if they really did cross the line into North Korea or if they were grabbed and taken over the boarder. They should not have been in such a dangerous place to begin with, either way.

Americans need to wake up and realize that the world is an awful place. Americans feel nothing can happen to them. Well, it can and in this case, so sadly, did.


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 Debra J.M. Smith