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Euna Lee and Laura Ling released from North Korea
Journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling were released from prison in North Korea on August 4 after former President Bill Clinton's intervention. The two had been detained for five months but had received a sentence of 12 years hard labor for illegally entering North Korea and committing unspecified "hostile acts" while reporting near the border with China.
CPJ advocated on the Current TV journalists' behalf internationally by keeping the case in the public eye. CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Bob Dietz took the lead, doing dozens of interviews about the case and releasing news alerts on the situation as it developed. While Current TV chose to stay quiet during their imprisonment, CPJ worked behind the scenes with the journalists' families to coordinate the effort.
"My husband mentioned the names of so many individuals who helped us and supported us through this tough time," Lee wrote in a statement posted on Facebook. "I won't list the individual names here to thank because I believe you already know that I am talking to you when I say 'Thank You'."