Well, this isn’t good at all.
Breaking News: North Korea Sentences 2 US Journalists To 12 Years In Jail
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said its top court convicted two U.S. journalists and sentenced them to 12 years in labor prison Monday, intensifying the reclusive nation’s confrontation with the United States.
The North’s Central Court tried American TV reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee during proceedings running from last Thursday to Monday and found them guilty of a “grave crime” against the nation, and of illegally crossing into North Korea, the country’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said.
It said the court “sentenced each of them to 12 years of reform through labor.” The KCNA report gave no other details.
Reporters Without Borders doesn’t didn’t have anything up, just the page with the link wherein they are joining with the International Women’s Media Foundation in petitioning the North Korean government for their release.
Update: Here’s a bit of background on how Ling & Lee got into N. Korea.