Sunday, March 22, 2009

Kidnapped American Journalists Being Interrogated in N. Korea

Laura Ling

Euna Lee

The North Korean government confirmed that it is holding two American journalist grabbed at a disputed border crossing last week, and has moved them to the capital Pyongyang for interrogation. Via Fox News:
North Korea said Saturday it was investigating two Americans it detained Tuesday for "illegally intruding" into its territory after crossing the border from China.

A brief dispatch from the North's official Korean Central News Agency gave no other details, but it was apparent confirmation of reported arrests of two female U.S. journalists reporting on North Korean refugees in the border area.

South Korean media and a South Korean missionary identified the two detained Americans as Laura Ling and Euna Lee, reporters for former Vice President Al Gore's San Francisco-based media outlet Current TV.

A U.S. official said Saturday that the U.S. has been in touch with North Korean representatives about the journalists and is awaiting a reply. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity citing the sensitivity of the issue, said the U.S. doesn't know where the North is holding them.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Sunday, in a report from the Chinese city of Yanji, that it is highly likely that they were sent to Pyongyang to be investigated for their alleged border intrusion.

Please continue to pray for the safety of the two journalists and for their swift release.

American Journalists Held by North Korea

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