The Responsibility Of Sources

by Chris Bodenner

Christian aid officials are accusing Euna Lee and Laura Ling of making it more difficult to help North Korean refugees in China after the duo's confiscated footage exposed them to authorities. Hamilton Nolan reacts:

Understandable, but not fair. You can hardly blame Ling and Lee for having their records snatched after they were arrested. Could they have been more careful? Maybe. But they wanted to get a story in North Korea, and that involves risk. There's no getting around it. And just as the reporters take risks to get the story, organizations speaking to the reporters voluntarily take risks by speaking to the media. The reward is getting the message out about North Korean refugees; the risk is having what happened happen. [...] If you want to blame someone, blame Kim Jong-Il, for being a crazy evil bastard.