Woelfel Hopes Korea, Others Get the Message

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Look for RTNDA Chairman Stacey Woelfel to clarify his remarks in reaction to the pardon and release of imprisoned journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling.

In an e-mailed statement from RTNDA, Woelfel had been quoted as saying: “The prompt release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee sends a clear message that North Korea respects the basic right of journalists to investigate and report as they see fit.”

That appeared to be giving the regime a bit too much credit and raised some eyebrows at B&C central.

According to Woelfel, his meaning got a little garbled in that first pass. “What I was trying to say, and it didn’t get in there the way it was supposed to, is that I am hopeful that this will send a message that perhaps the North Korean government has recognized [that basic right] and perhaps other governments will recognize this.”