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University to Host Vigil for Imprisoned Journalists

Euna Lee, Laura Ling sentenced to 12 years in N. Korean labor camp



    South Korean protesters displayed portraits of Euna Lee and Laura Ling as they shouted slogans during a rally in support of the Current TV journalists at a public park in Seoul.

    Students, alumni and teachers at San Francisco's Academy of Art University this evening will hold a community vigil to call for the release of two journalists recently sentenced to labor prison in North Korea.

    North Korea's highest court earlier this month sentenced Euna Lee and Laura Ling to 12 years' labor for illegally crossing the border into the country while working on a story about refugees in China for San Francisco-based Current TV. They were arrested near the border on March 17.

    Lee received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Academy of Art University's School of Motion Pictures and Television in 2001, according to the university.

    Both of the women's husbands, as well as city supervisors and other officials, are scheduled to speak at the gathering, which takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the school's Morgan Auditorium at 491 Post St.

    The university will Webcast the gathering.