No Freedom for Laura Ling and Euna Lee
While Roxana Saberi’s imprisonment by the Iranians has attracted widespread international attention, fellow U.S. journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, detained in North Korea, have been less visible cases. The Wall Street Journal reports things appear to be getting worse for them:
Under international criminal law, defendants have the right to access diplomatic officers of their own state. But American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling, detained for nearly two months, haven’t been allowed contact with Western officials since March 30. A South Korean man known only by his surname, Yu, also has been kept from any contact with officials from his country, according to the South’s Unification Ministry.
The Journal contextualizes the Lee/Ling detention within a pattern of recent belligerence from the North after the illness of dictator Kim Jong-Il. Here’s a statement from Reporters Without Borders demanding Lee and Ling’s release.