Help Laura Ling and Euna Lee

June 1, 2009

There has been a lot of exciting news here on and in the Linkin Park community about the various projects on the radar; with “New Divide,” Chester’s solo album, my art show, and a new Linkin Park album in the pipeline, we have much to celebrate. However, I want to take a moment to step away from that, and bring your attention to an urgent subject that is troubling to me.

As some of you may have already heard, two U.S. journalists were arrested in North Korea. I met one of the reporters, Laura Ling, only a few months ago.

Laura is a news reporter for Current TV. Her sister is journalist Lisa Ling (of Oprah Winfrey’s show and The View).

On March 17, Laura Ling and Euna Lee were arrested for alleged, unspecified “hostile acts” after reportedly crossing the border into North Korean territory from China. The families have stated that the reporters did not embark on their trip with intentions of entering North Korean territory (see video below). An associate of the two reporters says they were in the area to report on a piece regarding North Korean refugees. Reporters Without Borders claims: “It is by no means clear that Ling and Lee were arrested on North Korean territory.” (see link to their press release below)

Laura and Euna are scheduled for trial by the North Korean government this week, on June 4th. If convicted, the women could end up in one of North Korea’s notorious labor camps.

Some analysts believe this arrest plays a role as a “bargaining chip” in the bigger picture of an ongoing North Korean / American nuclear weapon debate. The U.S. government does not have diplomatic relations with North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, where the women are being held.

Laura and Euna’s families are struggling to spread word about their situation. The more world focus there is on the subject, the more pressure there will be on the North Korean government to treat these two young women with care–and hopefully return them safely to their families.

There are a few ways for you to help.

Firstly, a candlelight vigil will be happening on June 3rd. You can find out how to join that movement by going here: U.S. vigil locations are on this page.

Another option: I am asking for the help of our fans all around the world–particularly those in Eastern Europe, China, and South Korea– to spread the word and post messages of support and hope for these two young people–and make sure to let the community on the above Facebook page know you’ve posted. Their families beg for your help. The more positive noise you can make for them, the more helpful you will be.

Lastly, you can simply voice your words of support here on Just click and make a positive comment, and they will see your post.

Thank you for your help and understanding,

Info about the reporters and Lisa Ling:

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  1. abbykulyde on July 9, 2009 at 9:34 am

    just saw this news in yahoo mike..

  2. splitting_the_dna on June 9, 2009 at 4:22 am

    They will go back home soon,
    I hope.The U.S. goverment can’t leave them just like that!

  3. AmanDUH on June 8, 2009 at 6:57 am

    This is the story that I found on the trial.

  4. KATHYxx on June 7, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    screw North Korea.

  5. SinisterNL on June 7, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    punishment: 12 years of work under force….
    and i thought america was crazy……

  6. miss_lotus on June 7, 2009 at 1:35 am personally may not have anything to do with u. it’s about having compassion 4 another at a time of despair. Maybe the act of a stranger willing 2 do something like a goodwill gesture 4 pure compassion is all that is being asked of u. Maybe 1 day when youre in a totally fucked situation someone who u don’t know will help your sorry ass out. Don’t b such a self centered douche. if it means nothing 2u then walk away & shut the eff up as u pass it by. GET OVER YOURSELF U LIL BASTARD.
    What does it have to do w/ u? maybe U will come 2 realize U r not surrounded by self centered BIG assholes like yourself.
    2 ppl held captive, families anguish & despair ..a lil sympathy too much?

  7. vampki55 on June 6, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    will do !=]

  8. warner_bros on June 6, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Well, I wonder hoe those people have something to do with me ?

  9. tpbarbosa on June 5, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I feel so sorry about them, and yes I’ll spread the world in some sites and forums I go on.
    Thanks for keeping us aware of it.
    I hope they’re ok wherever they might be right now.

  10. lp_fm_fan on June 5, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Mike, (I have no room in my comment for your latest blog so I’m HOPING you’ll read this, if not I’ll post it with your most recent blog)

    On Twitter there is a profile that helps spread the awareness of Liberating Laura and Euna, it’s called LiberateLaura here’s the link to the page: if you could PLEASE post this on your next blog to have people follow LiberateLaura. And all the people who do follow via your site ask them to have their followers follow LiberateLaura too! This could help loads! I hope you read this if not, I’ll post it in your next blog post!

  11. Zara on June 4, 2009 at 6:54 am

    My thoughts are with Laura, Euna and their families today.

  12. Mikado on June 4, 2009 at 3:43 am

    I signed the petition “Free US journalists Enua Lee & Laura Ling” as Nr.8482 today and hope that they will set them free soon. Now I will ask my LPU & LPN friends if they would sign up there too. Hope it will help. Lovely Greeting from Mikado ( aka “Hermine” in the LPU & LPN)

  13. Gerardo on June 3, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    You have my support too…..

  14. pink_skull on June 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    That’s really heart broken.i’m prying to these brave women to back home and gather with thier families and love ones i promise that i’ll do whatever i can to help.

    thank you mike 4 posting this blog.

  15. splatsomething on June 3, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I think some of u need 2 read & understand the situation. NK has little civil let alone human rights. Please try 2 understand the delicate nature of this situation & why the families r so concerned. NK has interned 100s of 1000s of innocent people 2 labor camps from children to the elderly. Vile acts occur at these camps NK follows no international standards. NK nuclear missle testing may lead 2 war.Talks for Laura & Euna’s return has been limited as the UN try to sanction NK. They r pawns in a global showdown.
    The family r hopeful because their only other choice would be despair. Please wikipedia N Korea. The fight for human rights needs to be from around the world. Truly scary & sad.

  16. antje on June 3, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I signed the petition “Free US journalists Euna Lee & Laura Ling”. I’m asking you all here to sign this petition to help to reach the goal of 10,000 signatures:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Laura and Euna!!!!

  17. tinkerbella26 on June 3, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Hi Mike. Thank you for posting this blog. I’ve signed the petition, but it just doesn’t seem like it’s enough. Is there anything else we can do to help this matter? I imagine not, but the Ling and Lee family are in my prayers.


  18. Strec on June 3, 2009 at 8:39 am

    I’m new to the site and you have my support. I hope they can get back home safely.

  19. Chemist999 on June 3, 2009 at 6:17 am

    Unless they really crossed the border illegally, it’s sad. Though not uncommon. Something similar happened not so long ago in Iran, where a journalist has also been detained because of “unspecified hostile acts” and I think they added espionage to that. Well, in the end she was released and banned from ever entering the country. Though I hope something like that will happen in North Korea too, it doesn’t seem propable, unless the U.S. make some considerable concessions. Which means that they’ll be really used as that bargaining chip. Let’s just hope that Justitia and Themis are watching and providing for the just process and eventually their return.

  20. MichaelFromGermany on June 3, 2009 at 6:17 am

    That is just terrible….You got my support! I hope they will be reunited with their families!

  21. JamesJoker on June 3, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Politics gets extremely dirty when innocent people are pulled in and accused with false accusations. This whole situation reminds my of Schapelle Corby a few years back when she was arrested and jailed for Drug Smuggling in Indonesia, when everyone knew that she was innocent. I agree with you Mike, the only way they have a chance is if we fight for them and make some noise! Thats exactly what I’m going to do πŸ™‚
    Their families are in my thoughts as they go through this horrible course of events, as I can relate to them with having someone close being taken away suddenly. Stay strong guys!
    and for everyone else out there, Make Some Noise! πŸ™‚


  22. thenewLinkinPete on June 3, 2009 at 1:06 am

    I joined the group and posten links to it and to this page on my facebook, myspace, twitter and deviantart, plus on forum and Papa Roach forum. Man, that surely is a scary situation, letΒ΄s hope they realise how many ppl are involved and that the right thing is to let them go. Best wishes to them and their family!

    Petri from Finland

  23. ShadowerLiltani on June 2, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    All the serious issues in the world, and North Korea is arresting people for “supposedly” crossing the borders? There is one piece missing though: Did they have passports, or some type of identification/permission that states they are allowed to leave the border? (Unless this is not required of reporters) I don’t know about countries outside the U.S., or where freedom of the press applies and how, if North Korea has the same laws as the U.S., then these two women shouldn’t have been arrested. I hope they get home safely. (BTW, I can’t watch the video on your site because of the background music for the LPN. If there a way to shut that off that I’m missing?)

  24. tacos_on_tuesday on June 2, 2009 at 4:10 pm If u r unable to access facebook for whatever reason. please sign the petition in support. They are trying to reach 10000 signature to present to the UN. This is an extremely distressing situation especially w/ the nuclear issues that currently exist.

    Regardless of what country u r from, the UN is represented by every country. This is not just about the US & N. Korea. 2 innocent journalist who do not deserve to be held for 3 months & possibly be sentenced to years in a deplorable labor camp is unthinkable. BTW- jokes (whether in harmless nature or not) totally inappropriate.
    This is devastating. In my thoughts. Please make a stand!!!!

  25. lucky_cat on June 2, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I signed the petition and spread the word here. Btw, everyone can do this, you don’t need facebook.
    It’s an act of inhumanity to turn these two women into victims to the whims of foreign political interests.

  26. NoMoreSorrowGirl on June 2, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    I heard about this news. That’s terrible!

    To Euna and Laura: Don’t lose hope guys!…be strong your families are waiting for your return guys!

    To The Families: Hope our prayers can minimize the sadness you guys felt since they’ve been captured…Be strong!

    To Mike: Your one hell of a good man!…that’s why I love you so much! πŸ™‚

  27. Sharisse on June 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I’ve spread the word on Twitter, Myspace, and Facebook and I also signed the petition. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Ling and Lee families. I hope something is done soon so that Laura and Euna can go home to their families and friends. It’s heartbreaking to hear about situations like these.
    Mike, thank you so much for posting about this on your blog. I know that not everyone is always aware of what’s going on in the world, but now a lot more people are informed.

  28. Xana_xD on June 2, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I just hope that they come home. I give my strenght to this family, because I don’t how hard it is see the people that we love in this situation, but I imagine that it must be very hard. I hope that in the end they go home, safe.

    And for u Mike, I think you’re a great friend for trying to help people around u, and I apreciate that… That’s one of the reasons why I am your fan…

    This family have all my support…

    Girl from Portugal

  29. TaylorKenjiLP on June 2, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    theyre in my prayers. ill do whatever i can to help mike =]

  30. Curiosa on June 2, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    You see Mike, this is why women should rule the world: the only concern would be if people’s clothes match. πŸ˜› All jokes aside, I heard about this & it is a tragedy that something like this can & is still happening. My thoughts & prayers go out to the families & the ladies. I hope they’re released & I think it’s a great idea to have the whole world voice thier opinion on the matter. I will inform people about the situation & how they can help. Thanks for the info Mike. πŸ™‚

    PS: Are you ok? hugs

  31. MS_Ineedyou on June 2, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Mike, you are so nice about helping with this. See, i’m not allowed to have a facebook because apparently i’ll get raped … _ but my sister can have one, so OBVIOUSLY i would secretly make one, but if she found out, she would tell my mom, then i would get like … literally killed . But, i will tell a lot of people about it . All my friends love you and the rest of LP so they will be sure to listen, and they have myspaces and facebooks so it will get out πŸ™‚ I will help as much as i can. The only like .. acounts i have anywhere are at which i never go on anymore .. ,, and . But anyway .. i will help as much as i can πŸ™‚ —Brooke .

  32. LPfan4life721 on June 2, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    This is a terrible thing to have happened to two innocent women. I pray that they are okay. My prayers go out to the Ling and Lee families. Never give up hope and everything will turn out all right in the end.

  33. phill715 on June 2, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    That’s awful. The journalists were doing their jobs, the North Korean Government really needs to get their act together, or the US will have to step in. This is so unfair…good luck to this family.

  34. ryo_ortega on June 2, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    it’s so sad how power corrupts people, even if they did cross the border illegally, (which I’d bet they didn’t, they were probably taken by police across the border) using hem as pawns like this is so f’ed up. why cant we all just get along and live in peace?

  35. pat on June 2, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    This is not normal! How can someone do this to only two journalists who were simply doing their job? I do not understand … or these people or is it dumb or ***
    They make bombs, they strapped journalists innocent ..
    they want what? there is a 3rd World War?
    This is fucking ridiculous. (sorry mike my stick, I would never say .. but now I was very angry)
    I can not do much but I put it in my LPN and spread this news here in Portugal, it could appear in newspapers or news, this is very important … even over these journalists were American right? as here in Portugal there is NATO so that Eastern Europe may feel more pressure (I think)
    kisses for MIKEY and good luck to this famaly

  36. Madlen on June 2, 2009 at 11:53 am

    I just found out about this…this is just horrible.If the situation is really about them being a “bargaining chip” then it’s just…not right?I don’t really know what to say.I’ll try to spread the word as much as I can.This reminds me of a case we had with bulgarian nurses who had been held in prison in Libia for 8 years.Out goverment and diplomats from other european countries helped us solve the problem and they were released.All I can say to those women is keep yourself together and believe that there will be a solution soon.

  37. rockermeg on June 2, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Crap…how didn’t I hear this?
    This is really unfair, they were just victims of a corrupt government, they did nothing wrong
    I really hope everything turns out OK, they have no reason to be convicted
    It’s scary how these things happen…my heart goes out to them and their families who all must be terrified,
    Be strong.
    Thanks for posting Mike

  38. DLB on June 2, 2009 at 10:33 am

    How awful!! Tomorrow [June 4th] is my 21st birthday. And thinking about it now, it’s funny how people often become so enraptured in ourselves. But then seeing something like this, puts things into perspective and makes me remember that there’s more going on in the world than just ourselves. I hope and pray Laura and Euna will return to the friends and family safe and sound. And for the record, I agree completely that North Korea is trying to gain an edge on the U.S.

  39. Emiily on June 2, 2009 at 10:28 am

    I remember seeing her on Current. She’s a great Journalist. I hope something is done about it sooner rather than later

  40. Janni_Loves_LP on June 2, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Hi Mike.. Of course I will help.. Even though I live in Northern Europe I invited all my friends on facebook and hopefully they’ll join too to create some awareness! It’s just awful! 😦 My thoughts are with them and their families…

  41. zimminator on June 2, 2009 at 9:51 am

    wow this is shocking. i would have never heard about this if not for you. i really hope this isnt something bigger then it looks…..scary. i wish america wasnt in a corner like this thanks to a certain someone, and we were able to do somethin sooner. i hope we figure out this korea issue soon.

  42. VVP on June 2, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I willl spread this news to my community in Russia again (It was known at May)
    I hope that russian diplomats will be able to help here…
    Lets pray for them...

    p. s. sorry for my bullshit english ;P

  43. JackShinoda on June 2, 2009 at 9:40 am

    That is so sad, but we should never lose the hope. we are praying for them and their family. Today is my birthday, and this will be my request, that all ends well.

    Mike great initiative

  44. Sintia on June 2, 2009 at 9:27 am

    My prayers goes out to Laura Ling and Euna families. I pray that Laura Ling and Euna 2 be released & returned home safely and quickly. I also signed the petition so PLEASE everyone do what you can to help our americans to be freed.

  45. cuz on June 2, 2009 at 9:26 am

    So sad…Be sure to let us know how that story will end up. Hopefully they’ll come back to thier families all safe and quickly.

  46. Maaark on June 2, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I posted about it on Twitter. I plan to post something on Facebook, MySpace and Orkut as well. Let’s make it happen Mike. What North Korea is doing is just wrong.

  47. I_B_Long on June 2, 2009 at 8:32 am

    oki, i RT’ed Jade’s (Anstice) post on twitter, now im off to post on hope you dont mind if i copy and paste some of what you wrote πŸ™‚ i’ll do what i can. i feel so bad for these women and their families. i guess i’ll put it in my blog too, tho i dont think anyone reads it…

  48. Kalini on June 2, 2009 at 8:29 am

    I posted on FB, my friends joined the group. I can’t see how Eastern Europe can help, maybe Russia. Couldn’t Japan do anything? I’m afraid they’ll be convicted. If that happens, the US government media and society should put all efforts to free the sisters, don’t give up! 5 medics from my country were detained in prison for 8 years in a middle-east country and got 2 times death sentence. We had a campaign “You are not alone”, the government media and society were involved. We asked for help our partners from EU and NATO and they were freed. Read about the diplomatic efforts of EU:,8599,1646268,00.html Whatever happens on June 4, don’t lose hope! KK

  49. sweet_ash on June 2, 2009 at 8:09 am

    this is just wrong. i’ll write this on my twitter myspace and facebook. and i’ll pray for their safe return.

  50. Anstice on June 2, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Wow, that is so wrong. I’ll do everything I can. Post it everywhere, guys! I know you have the means to: Twitter, Myspace, Facebook, SocialVibe, just to name a FEW places. I know you all have access to more than just that. Let’s bring them home!

  51. spraypaintNinkpens on June 2, 2009 at 7:52 am

    That’s such a sad situation. I pray that they come home safely. I’ll do my part to spread awareness with the resources I have.

  52. PankakeMunky on June 2, 2009 at 7:44 am

    i hope they get through fine. it is a very unfortunate situation, but i will keep believing that these reporters will get home safely, especially when they haven’t done anything wrong.

  53. Rex on June 2, 2009 at 6:38 am

    i think that if the international community has a strong voice on this we can make a difference, and i strongly believe we will.
    i hope some organizations out there are on this too, what these people are going through is terrible.

  54. Wotur11 on June 2, 2009 at 6:21 am

    oh im very moved when reading this post πŸ™‚ it means LP cares not only about music but also about people’s lives πŸ™‚ just like you and many fans i wanna help the young ladies a lot and i will try by my facebook account first πŸ™‚ hope our actions can help spread the world and help the ladies ‘s lives too πŸ˜€ they are gonna be ok just believe in the future Mike ! Expectations bring joy πŸ™‚

  55. Eddie on June 2, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Yes I know about this Mike, I heard it at Greek TV news. I just joined the Facebook group. This one is really terrible. It’s extremely horrible people have experiences like this one. I hope these women be ok, bodily and mentally. God be with them.

  56. pbizkit33 on June 2, 2009 at 5:25 am

    I hope the United Nations or some group helps North Korea negotiate the release of these two journalists. People are not pawns for political games.

  57. _MiHaRu_ on June 2, 2009 at 5:24 am

    tha’s terrible!!I,as everyone here, will do whatever I can to help spread this information..I hope they are not too scared..and for pippopappo..shut up!how can you say such a thing?they won’t die!

  58. JessY87 on June 2, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Ill Post it on every Messageboard I have!We help as good we can!!

  59. miKer0cks on June 2, 2009 at 4:39 am

    I’ve got a facebook account and I’ve already left my mark there…Also i asked my mom to inform the media here in Greece. She called a couple of tv stations and she let them know about it…They said that they’re gonna try to help. I hope they will cause many ppl here in Greece are just hypocrites and they dont care about others…I also e-mailed these stations with the link of helping through facebook! πŸ˜‰ I’ll watch the news tonight and hopefully they’ll tell something about it! I don’t know what else I can do to help…hope this works though πŸ™‚

  60. PippoPappo on June 2, 2009 at 4:19 am

    I think that they will die… There’s no hope. Mike hear me

  61. jenshinoda88 on June 2, 2009 at 4:17 am

    ok mike. I have facebook. I can write a message of support for these two journalists, both on facebook and on twitter .. on Netlog .. and spread it to all my friends .. For the candlelight vigil, a bit difficult .. are in italy. But I have contacts with local TV, and I can ask them to broadcast one of our candlelight procession .. gather some people and try this .. unfortunately I do not have many options here, but we try!

  62. MusicIsHealthy on June 2, 2009 at 4:07 am

    It’s really sad to hear that. I will do everything I can!! I already signed the petition and now I’m gonna spread the word on all pages I’m registered. I hope all of the guys out there gonna help too!
    My prayers and thoughts are with Laura and Euna!

  63. todraw on June 2, 2009 at 3:35 am

    Damn such things makes me fuckin sad, when the innocent ppls has to pay for others fuckin mistakes -.- I hope i really hope for them they get out of this without any harm….. i try to do as much as i can to help, an for the family keep ur head up.. an i can’t join the candle walk thing too….. i’m sryy….

  64. matty4u on June 2, 2009 at 3:26 am

    Just because the U.S & North Korea are not having diplomatic relationships does not mean these innocent women will have to pay the price!!!! It’s shameful if at all the plight of these women is being taken advantage of by any country for self benefit!!!!anyways it’s nice to know mike that you are so very concerned !!!!Keep up the good work!!!! and don’t worry all your fans will surely spread the word!!!

  65. Mickey on June 2, 2009 at 2:52 am

    I posted a link to this entry on Twitter, Mike. I know, it’s not nearly enough, but I hope that people will spread the word. My thoughts and prayers are with these two women and I hope that they will be returned safely.

  66. Lidia on June 2, 2009 at 2:45 am

    I’m sorry for these reporters and for their families…I hope everything will be ok! I’ll join the facebook group but how does it work?I mean if there are lots of people in this group will the government change something??I don’t think so but however I’ll join the group hoping these girls will be free =)

  67. Lvix on June 2, 2009 at 2:35 am

    That’s terible news Mike, i gonna tell all my friends about it. I already joined the group at Facebook, lets hope these two girls will go back home. I wish i could do more but I am from Belgium so i can’t join the candlelight vigil. I hope a lot of people will do that! Those girls must go back home! Greetz, Lode

  68. waie_91 on June 2, 2009 at 1:53 am

    I hope all LP fans around the world come together and give them a support, my message is, be strong because we never know our future and together we pray for your safety.

  69. zahra on June 2, 2009 at 1:49 am

    I INVITED ALL MY FRIENDS ON FACE BOOK!!!! OH i HOPE EVERY THING GOES OKAY!!! this was sad!!! i’ll do what every i can….my dad teaches in a universality in north Korea i can make my dad talk about it there!!! omg omg omg…. X(

  70. maria on June 2, 2009 at 1:48 am

    I actually myself don’t know them personally my thoughts and my support is up there with them. My words to them: Hope is the only thing that remains with a human being. Support is the thing that everyone needs. I hope that my government will do something about it. I hope. Let sun and light shine above your heads. Smile).

  71. Celestial on June 2, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Even though I don’t know these two women personally, I feel for them. Being away from their families for God knows how long, and stressing about whether or not they will be imprisoned in a rigorous labor camp is indeed a taxing experience. My message to them: Remain strong and hopeful. You will look back on this day and smile a thousand smiles–more than any tears you cried.

  72. Alisa on June 1, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    my thoughts are with the families, too!! i will do whatever it takes to spread the word!!

  73. IIIIANGEL911IIII on June 1, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    My thoughts are with these women and their families . . .

  74. LAX on June 1, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Without a doubt a tough situation for any family to be in, if it’s any comfort, the North Korean government would not dare touch Euna and Laura as there would be severe repercussions. Like most of Linkin Park fans we will do everything to help spread the word and let others who aren’t aware become aware. Hopefully the US government becomes more involved, good luck to the family, my prayers will be with them.

  75. murry on June 1, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    You know, I saw this story months ago on MSNBC and on another blog I read, but I haven’t heard anything else for a long time, it seems. I’m not a praying woman, but my thoughts are certainly with Laura and Euna and their families. I hope they make it home safe. I’ll do what I can to spread the word. I’m tweeting about it, as we speak.

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