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May 14, 2009
North Korea sets trial date for detained U.S. journalists

North Korea said on Thursday that two American journalists arrested near the border with China will be put on trial early next month.

Euna Lee and Laura Ling, reporters for Current TV, were reporting on North Korean refugees living in China when they were arrested in March. They were accused of illegal entry and unspecified “hostile acts” and could face up to 10 years in prison.

This case is one among many stories of journalist detentions, including the recent detainment of Roxanna Saberi in Iran and the holding of journalists by other countries including the U.S.

Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, provides a closer look at the plight of journalists around the world. Simon discusses the most dangerous places for journalists and gives his thoughts on the effect the Internet has had on press freedoms.

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