In August 2009, the world watched as former President Bill Clinton landed back in the United States after securing the release of American journalist Laura Ling and her colleague, Euna Lee, from captivity inside North Korea.
Ling had been reporting on a story about the trafficking of North Korean women when she was violently apprehended by North Korean soldiers along the Chinese-North Korean border. Sentenced to twelve years in a labor prison, Ling endured months of captivity, which ended with a dramatic and unexpected turn of events.
President Clinton later told Laura that when he visited North Korea’s leader Kim Jung IL, he told President Clinton that he was the first leader to call him to offer condolences after his father passed away. This may have impacted the Regime’s decision to release Laura.
Today, Laura continues her career as a journalist and producer covering sensitive stories including: slave labour in the Amazon, Mexico’s drug war, Internet censorship in China and Women’s rights in Turkey.
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