North Korea to Try Detained US Journalists

TV reporters will be charged with illegal entry: Pyongyang
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 30, 2009 3:04 PM CDT
American journalists Laura Ling, right, and Euna Lee, who were detained in March 2009, will be tried for illegal entry and hostile acts.    (AP Photo/Yonhap)
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(Newser) – North Korea's state-run news agency says two American reporters detained earlier this month will be tried for illegal entry and "hostile acts." The Korean Central News Agency said in a report today that an initial investigation confirmed suspicions about the two women and preparations for indictments and trial are under way.

Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who work for Al Gore's San Francisco-based online media venture Current TV, were detained March 17 near North Korea's northeastern border with China. They have each been seen by a Swedish diplomat; the State Department says it has received information that they are being treated well.