Jailed Journo in Iran Plans Hunger Strike

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2009 8:47 PM CDT
Reza Saberi, right, and his wife Akiko, parents of US journalist Roxana Saberi.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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(Newser) – The Iranian-American journalist jailed on spy charges in Iran has told her parents she plans to begin a hunger strike tomorrow, reports George Stephanopoulos of ABC News. Roxana Saberi's parents said they tried to talk her out of it to no avail. They also told Stephanopoulos—who's in Iran for an interview with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—that she appears frail but in good spirits. They are cautiously optimistic that the upcoming appeal will go in her favor.

On the hunger strike, "I tried to dissuade her but she said, 'Not this time'," said her father. "She is, this time, determined to go on a hunger strike because she says she doesn't deserve to be in there in the prison, she hasn't done anything wrong." Her father said police coerced her into signing a confession, which she later recanted, and threatened to kill her.