Two American journalists- who are being portrayed as political pawns in the media- have been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor by the highest court in North Korea.
The journalists were allegedly in North Korea working on a story. According to the New York Times, there is a dispute regarding the topic that the journalists were investigating. ABC television states that the women were working on a story about the human trafficking of females in North Korea to China. However, other sources claim the women were investigating North Korean refugees.
In the process of investigating their story, the women journalists were detained by the North Korean government. The New York Times states that the journalists were charged by the North Korean government with illegally entering their country, and with "hostile acts."
Some media sources are saying that the American journalists are being caught up in a game of political football between countries that have a very shaky relationship.