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June 11, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim and Jessica Garrison
Derrick Shore was nervous when he traveled with Laura Ling to the shantytowns of Sao Paulo, Brazil, several years ago. Both worked for Channel One, a news network for young adults, and were reporting on the dangerous slums for a series on urbanization. Shore said he was the panicked reporter and Ling the calm producer -- though he is considerably bigger and perhaps better able to defend himself.
June 10, 2009 | James Rainey
It seemed for a while this week that we might be having one of those 9/11 moments: the country bound together in sadness and resolve over the 12-year prison sentence meted out by North Korea to a pair of American journalists. Press freedom organizations recoiled. Regular citizens gathered signatures. They demanded freedom for Laura Ling and Euna Lee, sentenced Monday to hard labor, nearly three months after they were arrested as they gathered information near the Chinese-Korean border.
June 9, 2009 | John M. Glionna and Paul Richter
North Korea's sentencing of two American TV journalists to 12 years of hard labor Monday could imperil the Obama administration's already difficult goal of curtailing the authoritarian nation's nuclear weapons ambitions. If no deal is reached, the two women face a grim future in a brutal prison system notorious for its lack of adequate food and medical supplies and its high death rate.
August 27, 2010 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Former President Carter on Friday left the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, after negotiating the release of an American who had been imprisoned since January for illegally entering the secretive country, officials said. Carter went to North Korea this week seeking the release of Boston native Aijalon Mahli Gomes, a former English teacher in South Korea who was sentenced to eight years in prison for entering the North from China in January. North Korea's state-run media reported in July that Gomes had tried to commit suicide.
March 31, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Two American journalists detained at North Korea's border with China this month will be indicted and tried for illegal entry and hostile acts, Pyongyang's state-run news agency said. The Korean Central News Agency report did not say when a trial might take place, but it said moves to indict the Americans were underway as the investigation continues. Euna Lee and Laura Ling, reporters for former Vice President Al Gore's San Francisco-based Current TV media venture, were detained March 17 by North Korean border guards.
November 13, 2009 | Susan King
"Afghan Star," "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," "Diary of a Times Square Thief," "Food, Inc." and "Mugabe and the White African" are the nominees for the International Documentary Assn.'s 2009 IDA Awards. The award will be handed out at a ceremony at the Directors Guild of America on Dec. 4 hosted by Ira Glass of "This American Life." Nominations also were announced Thursday in short film and limited series categories. The documentary awards honor filmmakers and film journalists who "displayed conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth."
May 27, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
North Korea said Friday that it was preparing to release an Orange County man who has been held since November, a concession to Washington that might be aimed a securing food aid. Jun Young-su, a businessman, had reportedly been charged with Christian missionary activity, which is illegal in the staunchly Communist country. The official KCNA news service reported Friday that the country "decided to release Jun Young-su on humanitarian grounds. " The brief dispatch did not specify when he would be allowed to return home.
August 6, 2009
Re "Bill Clinton brings back journalists," Aug. 5 This is not the first time that Bill Clinton's gift for reconciliation has worked wonders. At the time of his impeachment, the Irish supported him because of the wonderful healing between the Orangemen (Protestants) and the Catholics he facilitated when he visited Ireland. He resolved a fight that had continued for centuries.
May 18, 2010
The Early Show Amanda Seyfried. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Will Forte and Kristen Wiig; Pat Brown. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Matthew Fox; Fred Thompson; Emeril Lagasse. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Regis and Kelly Matthew Fox ("Lost"); Matthew Morrison ("Glee"). (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Jorge Garcia; Fred Thompson; Tim Hasselbeck. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors LL Cool J. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL The Martha Stewart Show Chef Ryan Hardy. (N) 2 p.m. KNBC The Oprah Winfrey Show Lisa and Laura Ling discuss Laura's captivity in North Korea.
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