June 9, 2009 |
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.
June 10, 2009 |
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.
March 31, 2009 |
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 |
"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."
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.
August 27, 2010
The Early Show People who lived through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans; photojournalist Ted Jackson. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Katy Perry; Emmy Awards preview; New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News Emmy Awards preview; Mariachi Divas. (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Pass Christian, Miss., five years after Hurricane Katrina; Lady Antebellum. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Live With Regis and Kelly Larry David; Ashton Kutcher; Norah Jones performs.
May 27, 2011 |
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.
October 12, 2012 |
By now, "Gangnam Style" has become part of the pop culture lexicon. The infectious song by South Korean singer Psy broke the Guinness world record for "most likes" on YouTube. The video has been watched nearly 425 million times and has inspired flash mobs and parodies by lifeguards, Ivy leaguers and hot moms. If you haven't heard of "Gangnam Style," you've probably spent the last month orbiting in outer space. Or perhaps you live above the 38th parallel, in North Korea. North Korea is as isolated and backward as South Korea is wired and technologically advanced.
April 22, 2009
At least 125 journalists are being held worldwide in blatant government attempts to restrict freedom of speech, according to human rights groups, employing a form of hostage-taking in the service of censorship. Most of these are journalists arrested in their own countries by authorities who want to silence them and intimidate others.