Lisa Ling’s Sister Sentenced To 12 Years

by | June 8, 2009 at 10:55 AM | TV News

Lisa Ling’s sister, journalist Laura Ling, has been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor by North Korean authorities.

The younger Ling and her friend, reporter Euna Lee, were arrested on March 17 by the North Korean military for “hostile acts.” Their official charge is “the grave crime they committed against the Korean nation and their illegal border crossing.”

Both women were journalists working for Al Gore’s web/TV channel, CurrentTV, and were on assignment in the country. Ling’s family has assured the media, however, that “[the women] never intended to set foot onto North Korean territory.”

Check out a clip of Lisa Ling’s National Geographic Explorer

The US State Department, who is working to secure their release, released the following statement: “We are deeply concerned by the reported sentencing of the two American citizen journalists by North Korean authorities, and we are engaged through all possible channels to secure their release. We once again urge North Korea to grant the immediate release of the two American citizen journalists on humanitarian grounds.”

The Ling family and their supporters attended a candlelight vigil in Santa Monica last Wednesday, where Lisa stated, “it is very surreal to be part of a story, especially when it is your little sister and your best friend. For me, my sister is an incredible journalist. She is a wife and an adult but she’s still my little sister and to feel this helpless has been the most debilitating experience of my life.”