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.
Journalist-editor Richard Horgan (@FishbowlNY, @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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