L.A.-area vigil for detained journalists

Laura Ling and Euna Lee will be tried Thursday in North Korea on charges of hostile acts and illegally entering the country. The two American reporters for Current TV have been detained since March 17 and if convicted, face up to five years detention and hard labor.

Both women are married, and Lee has a 4-year-old daughter.

I think we all have high hopes for these two women reporters, especially since Roxana Saberi was freed and her sentence suspended. But with the rumblings from North Korea lately, I think it will take a lot of prayer to get them out without risking a full-scale war with this still-Communist nation.

There will be a vigil in Santa Monica Wednesday night for Ling and Lee, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wokcano, 1413 5th Street, near the Third Street Promenade. It’ll be one of many across the country. I won’t be able to be there because I work that night, but would be much obliged if anyone else is there and would be willing to share pictures with AAJA-LA.