Laura Ling and Euna Lee sentenced

June 8, 2009

North Korea has sentenced Laura Ling and Euna Lee to 12 years hard labor. According to some reports, talks for their humanitarian release can begin, now that the legal process is over.

For U.S. citizens, here are some places you can go to help. The petition is very easy to sign.





For those outside the U.S.:





  1. Madlen on June 16, 2009 at 6:03 am

    I wish I could do more…I remember how bad it was when our nurses we sentenced to death in Libia…I really hope that there’s a way those women get released…

  2. erippe on June 11, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Hello, A too detailed thing isn’t understood…I think it’s very long in 12..As well as that, North korea is a very dangerous country…I don’t know when a missle jumps and comes. I wish for safety of two people..

  3. Deftones06 on June 10, 2009 at 7:20 am

    I’ve just signed the petition…The authorities in North Korea are such terrible…

  4. pat on June 10, 2009 at 4:35 am

    unbelievable, I do not say anything, just know that everyone is going crazy, 12 years hard labor???? Now we have to believe in OBAMA

  5. zahra on June 10, 2009 at 2:28 am

    I’M NOT 18 YET BUT I AM A U.S. citizens!!!! I’LL DO WHAT EVER I XCAN AND MAKE MY MOM AND DAD SIGN THEM TOO!! LOL!!!….THANXXXXXXXXX 4 THE LINKS hopefully i think we can do some thing here!!!!!…… tc….bye

  6. ffmuteki9 on June 10, 2009 at 12:22 am

    It’s really sorry to hear such sad news. Laura Ling is Taiwanese American. I really can’s imagine how country North Korea is.
    May God bless the two girls, really.


  7. Eddie on June 9, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I’m outside the US. I did everything the link for outside the US had [Follow at Twitter, join Facebook group (already done it) etc]. Just moments ago they said about Laura Ling and Euna Lee’s 12 years hard labor at Greek news.

  8. antje on June 9, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Using a humans life for political power struggle is…my god…I have no words for this. How could it come so far with us?? I’ll do all what I can…

  9. laurent on June 9, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    My name is laurent i have a 17 years old, I am a student and I live in belgium and i think then the North Korea don’t respect the right human beings, Euna Lee and Laura are goin to return home to their families. I am going to write an article in my blog for made to know this history in my country.

    My blog is:

  10. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on June 9, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Aww omg Mike 😦
    i’ll do everything to help.
    I hope we all can do something.
    Take care

  11. xCABOOSE117x on June 9, 2009 at 8:47 am

    This is so sad, I really hope our government pushes for the release of these two U.S. citizens. Thank you so much Mike for making us aware of this.

  12. ShadowerLiltani on June 9, 2009 at 7:58 am

    12 years hard labor is a bad move on their part. After all, one of these women has a health issue, as stated before. How is she going to be treated when she collapses on the job? How is NK going to look? NK is trying to show the US how serious they are, and thank god we’ve got a democrat in office who won’t blow NK sky high, because, that’s certainly what Bush would’ve done, or he would just not care. Just out of curiosity, don’t most Asian countries have WALLS or FENCES or any type of barrier that states where the borders are? I still don’t understand how they got over the border.

  13. Shinodabestfriend on June 9, 2009 at 5:29 am

    I hope that they’ll receive from all over the world. Last time the site told me that it wasn’t available in my country. I’m pissed off.. Thanks for the links, Mike. I’m reading many thing these days about those two. I’ll usually try to help..

  14. bojkic on June 9, 2009 at 3:19 am

    Sending a lot of support from Serbia. Some papers here are following the story. Here is one article from Bosnian Serb papers:

  15. Lvix on June 9, 2009 at 2:12 am

    I hope Obama will do something about it.

  16. Jynxx on June 9, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Thank you for posting this and these links Mike. It’s really freshing to see someone like yourself that has such a wide network of people using it for something genuinlly good. Don’t ever change that. I’ve done all I can from outside the US. I hope these girls are home soon. Again, thank you.

  17. Charlotte_Jay on June 9, 2009 at 12:53 am

    I read it on Yahoo before I come here, that’s so sad…12 years in prison.but they shouldn’t lose hope, Roxana Saberi was sentenced to eight years in Tehran’s Evin prison but she was finally released.she said she was so afraid so they put so much pressure on her but she never gave up ’cause she knew she hadn’t done anything wrong. Laura Ling and Euna Lee shouldn’t give up hope if they know they’re right and haven’t done anything wrong.


  18. mano_lprx on June 8, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    It’s so disheartening… but lets not give up hope just yet.
    I’ve done all I can from outside the U.S… Thanks for providing the links =]

  19. soyuneik on June 8, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I have to detach myself from a lot because I apparently care too much.
    I noticed it didn’t reach its goal by the the end of the trial. How many people do you think these two woman provided information for? I thought about that looking at the total amount of names on the petition and it really pissed me off.

  20. Wotur11 on June 8, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    not fair !!!!!!!!!!! ok any way just believe in the future 🙂 keep hoping and they WILL come back 😀 i always keep expecting for the best though it’s the dark day of my life and then the joy comessss !!! simply, just do, hope and wait!!!!

  21. JohnLP89 on June 8, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    MIKE, I used caps to grab your attention, but hey, I wrote to my two senators and to Obama. I also petitioned.

    P.S. I really hope you put on a lyrics competition for the site. Although I am not musically talented as you boast about some musicians on your site, I can certainly blow your mind away with my lyrics.

  22. Emiily on June 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I searched for this story on sky news and the comments on this story are horrific. People agree to their punishment.

  23. Full_Metal_Ninja on June 8, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks for putting the links up.

  24. Maaark on June 8, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I can’t believe it… I trully thought they’re not gonna do that. I’m still doing everything I can to help them, I’m spreading the word and I’ve already subscribed to the websites you asked (I live outside the US, I wish I could do more).

    Hope they’ll get back to the US soon! Take care Mike.

  25. tacos_on_tuesday on June 8, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    The reports of the timeline for their release is strictly speculation. We need to do more. North Korea has a Mission to the UN located in NYC. Please contact North Korea at or fax them at 212-972-3154.
    Their plight is becoming one of despair & travesty. Euna was on her 1st assisgnment. Her daughter is only 4 & based on the sentence she can go through her entire childhood without her mother. It is a fight beyond begging to free these ladies. It is becoming a cry for Help that it is almost like it is not being heard by those who are in a position to help

    I am deeply disappointed in allowing them to be pawns

  26. hit_n_run_me on June 8, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    The treatment of people in some countries never fails to shock me, it’s so disheartening and I can’t even imagine what must be going through their heads at the moment. I hope to God they will be released and in one piece.

  27. ninguem on June 8, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    this things of north korea are so lame =/ sad

    but talking about good things, did you saw the new iphone 3GS? if you get one of those, you can do videos now!
    have a nice week 🙂

  28. lucky_cat on June 8, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    It was in the German news this evening. They said maybe the U.S. would send Al Gore on a mission to Pyongyang to get the journalists released … Don’t give up !!

  29. Hybr1d_7h3ory on June 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks for posting about this unfortunate circumstance for Laura Ling and Euna Lee. It is surprising that some people have yet yo hear about this. I have already signed the petition and posted all the other links on my Facebook and Twitter. If anybody reads this, you should do the same. We need to get the word out about how we can help.

    Keep on fighting the good fight Mike… Hybr1d_7h3ory

  30. davidkyoku on June 8, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    It’s a very good action putting this links in your blog Mike. People around the world shouls learn to act like this. If I can do something to help, I’ll do it

  31. cuz on June 8, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Sad, but to be honest I was convinced they will be sentenced. I mean, what kind of fair trial could we expect from North Korea? If they were fair, there wouldn’t be any trial. We will never know if Laura and Euna crossed the border and what kind of “hostile acts” that was. I believe they did nothing wrong, it was just good to have two American women for hostages. We all know about nuclear weapon tests in that country. It’s so sad that while we celebrate 20th anniversary of the end of communism in Poland, there are still places in the world were happens things like that. Anyways, I hope they will be finally sent home. Can’t imagine what they and the families feel right now.

  32. LPBot_001 on June 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    I wrote to President Obama, and I’m going to sign the petition next. Thanks for posting these links. I’ll do all that I can to help.

  33. Anstice on June 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    My full comment on this is too long to be placed here. Go here to read -/-> But, I’ve tweeted and posted on all the sites I run for people to do all the things you’ve asked. Thanks =)

  34. RYU_08 on June 8, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I’ll do what all I can do.

  35. sweet_ash on June 8, 2009 at 11:11 am

    i signed the petition and i tweeted for others to sign as well. its not right that they’re holding these women in prison.

  36. Kalini on June 8, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Thanks for this post, Mike. Yes, I know it’s very sad. As I told you recently, I’ve expected it. Thanks for the links. I think most of the visitors to your Blog, just like me, have already given their support to both girls. The people all around the world have already given their support to the journalists. Now it’s time for the politicians to start working hard. All we could do now is to continue showing our support every day. I’ll say it again to their families: Don’t lose hope! Stay strong! KK

  37. Sintia on June 8, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I really am grateful that you posted the links on this blog for everyone that wants to help and support Laura Ling and Euna Lee. I just can’t get over how they were sentenced 12 YEARS!! Since each country has their own level of punishment compared to the ones that we have here in the U.S., its hard for me to understand. But then again I never been outside of U.S. for me to know why. I will pray for them to be released and returned home safely to their families. Thanks again for blogging this and keeping us upadated. I hope you, LP, and your families are doing good and are in good health.

  38. Curiosa on June 8, 2009 at 10:51 am

    I heard about it this morning. My heart goes out to the ladies & their families. 😦 I’m sure things will work out. I’ll get this going on twitter. 🙂

    How are you handling this news? hugs

  39. MentalisFun on June 8, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Signed the petition. Hope they get released soon 🙂

  40. miKer0cks on June 8, 2009 at 10:27 am

    OMLP! I just read about it a couple hours ago! That’s BS! They don’t deserve this! They must release both of them 😥 I’ll do anything I can to help…Thx for keeping us updated about this Mike 🙂 My thoughts are with them and their families.

    Have a nice day 🙂

  41. Daga280 on June 8, 2009 at 10:23 am

    WOT???!!!1 its sooo f*&king unfair!!!!! :/

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