Today in California, the Northern Cali SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists) chapter is having a letter writing event for Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the CurrentTV journalists sentenced to 12 years imprisonment in North Korea. According to SPJ, both Ling and Lee can currently receive mail.
From the press release:
“Because mail has been getting through to the imprisoned journalists, organizers invite all concerned residents to stand for a group picture in front of San Francisco City Hall to be sent to the two women. Organizers are providing postcards for everyone to write a personal message, and those missives will be mailed to a P.O. box that family members can send on to them.
Ling’s husband Iain Clayton has said that such notes from a previous vigil in San Francisco have bolstered the women’s morale during the 113 days of their detention.
Both journalists, on assignment for San Francisco-based Current TV, were convicted of illegally entering into and committing “grave crimes” against North Korea on June 8, 2009. The two had been working on a human trafficking story along the Tumen River border area between China and North Korea.
Laura Ling is an area native and 1994 graduate of Del Campo High School near Sacramento. Lisa Ling, Laura’s sister, a 1991 Del Campo graduate and special correspondent to CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show and National Geographic Explorer, will be attending a Sacramento vigil, along with members of the Ling family.”
San Francisco Write in event for Laura Ling & Euna Lee:
July 9th @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
San Francisco City Hall (1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco)