Two American women journalists to be tried soon

first_imgNews As doubt persists on North Korea’s “zero” coronavirus cases, RSF urges for transparency Organisation April 24, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two American women journalists to be tried soon News North KoreaAsia – Pacific Campaigns Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders condemns the North Korean government’s decision to charge and try the two American reporters, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were arrested at the Chinese border on 17 March. They are accused of entering the country illegally, spying and “hostile activities,” but in reality they were just trying to report the fate of North Korean refugees at the border.“We deplore the way the authorities are treating these two women as criminals when in fact they were just doing their job as journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “There is every reason to fear that North Korea’s opaque judicial system will not give them due process. But we hope the country’s leaders will heed the many calls for their release.”North Korea’s official KCNA news agency announced in a brief dispatch today: “A competent organ of the DPRK (North Korea) concluded the investigation into the journalists of the United States. The organ formally decided to refer them to a trial on the basis of the confirmed crimes committed by them.”If found guilty, Ling and Lee face up to 10 years of forced labour. Article 63 of the penal code regarding “crimes” against North Korea provides for jail terms of five to ten years for foreigners gathering information inside the country. They work for the San Francisco-based online television station Current TV.Around 1,500 journalists and bloggers have already signed a petition in support of Ling and Lee that was launched by Reporters Without Borders and the International Women’s Media Foundation. You can sign the petition. November 18, 2019 Find out more North KoreaAsia – Pacific center_img News Follow the news on North Korea RSF_en to go further Receive email alerts “Without independent journalism, this would be the news” – RSF’s new ad Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world July 6, 2020 Find out more April 1, 2020 Find out morelast_img

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