Laura Ling/Euna Lee Future Grim?

As you may have heard by now, Laura Ling and Euna Lee,  journalists have been given a sentence on this past Monday in North Korea.

These two women are American television journalists employed by a San Francisco based Current TV. The women were making a report on the borders of China and North Korea. They were reporting on the subject of  human-trafficking. The two were picked up in March and have been fighting ever since.

Laura Ling is the sister of Lisa Ling another journalist and television documentarist. She has appealed to the American public, and is communicating with President Barack Obama. The women have been sentenced to twelve years of hard labor. The prison system is known to be one of the harshest of all. It has a lack of adequate food,and medical supplies and one could imagine what else it has a lack of.

They were arrested under the guise of committing “grave crimes”against the North Korean country and its government would not release where the two are being held. And according to some the two women will have no recourse because there is no system of appeal there. At this point it is the opinion of some, there is now enough attention drawn to the two that the prison system will take much care in making sure that the safety and well being of these two may be insured.

Recently, North Korea and American political relations have been strained due to the recent launching of long range type missiles. While Barack Obama passes through the channels of political correctness, the state department will not give up hope to do this with utmost care and civility. The appeals have been brought forth for this country to release the ladies. The families of the imprisoned ladies have apologized to the high court in statements saying that if the two women passed over the borders they are sorry and did not mean this.

When we see how other countries operate it makes me wonder if perhaps the story just isn’t worth it, perhaps our journalists need not go to the lengths that they do. Risking your own life to get a story seems a high price to pay. There are many other journalists from around the globe that are currently being held in prisions across the world, it seems that sometimes they may be walking on thin ice and perhaps they know this going in there. After all,  how many times have we seen reports from in the front line of a combat zone?

It hardly seems worth it, does it?

Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone.

Mary Caliendo


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