On April 26th, 2009, Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times foreign correspondent Nicholas Kristof tweeted that there was “No Twitter page yet” for Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the Current TV reporters detained a month earlier by an opportunistic North Korean regime.
Los Angeles entertainment journalist-editor Richard Horgan (@FishbowlLA, @FilmStew) read the tweet and – motivated by both a personal interest in the case and a direct Twitter connection to Ling – decided to take up Kristof‘s informal challenge. As a result, @LiberateLaura and this companion blog were born.
In the Ling sisters’ 2010 book Somewhere Inside, Lisa makes kind mention of the author’s blogging efforts on pages 120-121. Laura meanwhile recently chatted with the author about her 2012 summer sit-down with Bill Clinton for an E! Investigates look at famous people’s experiences with high school bullying.
The author was quoted in a December 24th, 2011 International Business Times article “North Korean Propagandists Say Kim Jong-un Planned South Korea Attacks.” Other related press clippings include an op ed in the Herald de Paris (May 19th, 2009), an interview with The Huffington Post (August 4th, 2009) and a December 2012 report about the premiere of Euna Lee’s Columbia University Master’s documentary The Translator.
The author maintains a second North Korea-related Twitter account, @LiberateNK, that focuses on the reports and related coverage of DPRK human rights abuses. It is astounding that, post-Nazi holocaust, the international community has allowed North Korea to persecute its people through a gulag that is by all indications as horrific.
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