'Stressed' Jailed Journo Calls Sis From N. Korea

Ling, Lee shaken by 12 years in hard labor camp
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2009 1:15 AM CDT
A South Korean man watches a TV broadcasting news about Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who have been sentenced to 12 years hard labor in North Korea.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
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(Newser) – An American journalist imprisoned in North Korea has been allowed to call her sister after weeks of silence, CNN reports. Laura Ling and fellow journalist Euna Lee "seemed to be treated fairly but they're very, very stressed and concerned about being sent to a labor camp," said Laura's sister, Lisa. The journalists were sentenced last month to 12 years for "grave acts" against the nation after they were arrested near the border researching a story for Al Gore's Current TV.

"Look, we violated North Korean law and we need our government to help us. We are sorry about everything that has happened, but we need diplomacy," Lisa quoted her sister as saying. Lisa is spearheading a campaign urging the US and North Korea to engage in diplomatic talks to secure the journalists' release.