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Euna Lee and Laura Ling Pardoned

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il issued a special pardon to Euna Lee and Laura Ling on August 4. Thanks to everyone for your support!

Euna Lee, 2001 BFA Motion Pictures & Television alumna, and Laura Ling were pardoned by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il on August 4 and returned to the U.S.

Both American journalists were sentenced to 12 years in labor prison after being convicted of illegally crossing the border into North Korea and "grave crimes" against North Korea. The two had been working on a story on human trafficking from the Chinese side of the border for Current TV, headquartered in San Francisco.

On Wednesday, June 24, 2009 Academy of Art University, in cooperation with many diverse local community groups, organized a Community Peaceful Gathering to show our support for Euna Lee and Laura Ling.