Posts Tagged ‘Roxana Saberi’

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Saberi released earlier this week

May 13, 2009

This is tremendously good news, but before one gets too ecstatic, Glenn Greenwald pens a sobering reminder of how the US treats journalists who aren’t working for access to the Pentagon. Check it out here.

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Iranian-American journalist on hunger strike

May 5, 2009

You’ve likely noticed the several posts here about Roxana Saberi, the American journalist who has been sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran on espionage charges. Apparently, over the past two weeks, Saberi has been on a hunger strike, and when Iranian officials denied this, she went full on and stopped drinking water too and has since been hospitalized.

Although it’s somewhat less noticeable now, when Saberi was initially arrested, we heard too few calls of support from the mainstream press. It’s true that Reporters Sans Frontiers are now staging protests outside the Iranian Embassy, but initially, concern was coming either from Saberi’s family or diplomatic circles. This, as a wry friend observed, was because she’s professionally part of the pariah class, the freelancer.

Here’s more from the Washington Post.

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Iranian-American journalist sentenced to 8 years

April 18, 2009

From the NYT:

The sentencing of Ms. Saberi, 31, could complicate political maneuvering between Iranian and American leaders over Iran’s nuclear program, an issue that kept relations icy during much of the Bush administration. President Obama recently made overtures to Tehran about starting a dialogue over the nuclear program, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran responded positively.

Ms. Saberi’s sentencing appears to set the case apart from other recent detentions of people with dual citizenship. Two Iranian-American scholars, Haleh Esfandiariand Kian Tajbakhsh, were arrested in 2007 on accusations that they tried to overthrow the government, but they were released on bail before their trials began. Ms. Esfandiari was allowed to return to the United States, and Mr. Tajbakhsh is allowed to leave Iran when he wants.

More here.

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News of jailed Iranian-American journalist

April 6, 2009

In the Washington Post we find the government of Iran has agreed to allow Roxana Saberi’s parents to visit her. Apparently the State Department has already made some slight, but significant, inroads. From the Post:

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said last week that the United States had given a letter to Iranian officials during a meeting in the Netherlands, seeking Iran’s help in resolving Saberi’s case, as well as those of Robert Levinson and Esha Momeni, two other Americans missing or detained in Iran.

Levinson, a private detective probing cigarette smuggling, went missing in 2007 during a visit to Iran’s Kish island. Iranian officials have repeatedly denied that Levinson is in their country. Momeni, an Iranian American student at California State University at Northridge, was detained in Iran in October for supporting a campaign for women’s rights. Momeni was later released, but she has not been allowed to leave the country.

More here.