Roxana Saberi

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Saberi: I Confessed After 'Severe Mental Pressure'

(Newser) - Roxana Saberi tells NPR that she falsely confessed to being a spy because she was under "severe psychological and mental pressure" from Iranian authorities. Saberi says she wasn't physically tortured in prison, but she was subjected to hours of interrogation and threatened with a 20-year prison sentence or execution... More »

Freed Journalist: 'It's Wonderful To Be Back'

(Newser) - Roxana Saberi, the 32-year-old journalist recently sprung from a prison in Iran, got a face-to-face meeting today with Hillary Clinton to express her thanks, reports CNN. "When I found out that I had the support while I was in prison, I gained a lot of strength and hope, and... More »

Reuters Journo Held by US in Iraq 8 Months

No charges against photographer; military cites insurgent ties

(Newser) - Amid the outrage over journalist Roxana Saberi’s detention in Iran, the US is holding a Reuters photographer in Iraq without charges, the Los Angeles Times reports. Ibrahim Jassam, 31, has been held since September “as the result of his activity with a known insurgent organization,” said a... More »

Journalist Saberi Back in US

(Newser) - Roxana Saberi, the journalist who spent 4 months in an Iranian prison, was greeted this afternoon with cheers and hugs from friends as she returned to her native US. Saberi, 32, told reporters at Washington Dulles International Airport that singing the national anthem helped keep her going. "And it... More »

Freed Saberi Arrives in Austria

Journalist promises to give details on case after recovering from prison ordeal

(Newser) - Freed US journalist Roxana Saberi arrived in Austria today after leaving Iran, AP reports. A beaming Saberi—released this week after spending four months in an Iranian jail accused of spying—thanked all of her supporters. "Both journalists and non-journalists around the world supported me very much and it... More »

Smiling Saberi 'Happy' to Be Free

Father says she battled 'psychological pressure' in prison

(Newser) - Journalist Roxana Saberi says she’s “very happy” to be free and reunited with her parents and today thanked those who helped win her freedom from an Iranian prison, the AP reports. One of her lawyers said her conviction was partially because she had visited Israel, illegal for Iranian... More »

Hey, Media: US Jails Journos, Too

'First duty' of press is to hold own gov't accountable

(Newser) - The American media are celebrating Iran’s release of journalist Roxana Saberi in a case the press doggedly pursued. But today’s back-patting is hypocritical, writes Glenn Greenwald in Salon: the US media have all but ignored foreign journalists imprisoned by our own government, often with little reason. Case in... More »

Saberi Freed by Iran, United With Parents

Jailed US journalist has prison term cut to two years suspended

(Newser) - Roxana Saberi, the Iranian-American reporter jailed in Tehran for the last 5 months, has been freed and reunited with her parents, the AP reports. An appeals court yesterday cut her sentence to a 2-year suspended term, down from the 8 years she was given for spying for the US. The... More »

Lawyer Expects 'Fundamental Changes' in Saberi Sentence

Appeals court to issue verdict in next few days

(Newser) - The lawyer for jailed American-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi is confident his client’s 8-year sentence will be “substantially” reduced, Reuters reports. An Iranian appeals court is expected to issue its verdict soon after today’s closed-door hearing. Saberi was convicted of spying for the United States, an accusation Reporters... More »

Court to Hear Saberi Appeal Tomorrow

(Newser) - Roxana Saberi’s appeal hearing will take place tomorrow, Reuters reports. The lawyer for the jailed American-Iranian journalist said it’s unclear when his client will find out if her 8-year sentence for espionage has been dropped or reduced. "The verdict could come next week or any other time,... More »

Reporter Jailed in Iran Ends Hunger Strike

Iranian judiciary denies strike, father says she's 'very weak'

(Newser) - Jailed journalist Roxana Saberi has ended her 2-week hunger strike a day after the Iranian judiciary said she'll get an appeal hearing on her spying conviction, Reuters reports. The Iranian-American consumed only dates and sweetened water and became "very weak," her father said. The hearing on Saberi's 8-year... More »

Iran to Hear Detained Journo's Appeal Next Week

Iranian officials continue to deny that Saberi is on hunger strike

(Newser) - Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi will get her chance to overturn or lighten an 8-year prison sentence for spying early next week, when an Iranian court will hear her appeal, Reuters reports. Saberi’s father said the 32-year-old is “very weak,” having been on hunger strike for two weeks.... More »

Journo May Seek Ayatollah Pardon

Appeal to top cleric may be Saberi's only chance of freedom

(Newser) - An Iranian-American journalist Iran sentenced to eight years in prison for alleged spying may seek a pardon from the country's supreme leader, CNN reports. Roxana Saberi's case is moving through the appeals process, which could lift—or lengthen—her sentence. Iranian officials stressed that only Ayatollah Khamenie has the power... More »

Clinton to Iran: Free Reporter

Secretary of State cites concerns over hunger-striking journalist's health

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton demanded that Iran release Roxana Saberi, the Iranian-American journalist held on accusations of spying, Reuters reports. “We have great concerns about Ms. Saberi’s health and well being,” Clinton said today, citing reports that Saberi is on hunger strike. The case raises questions about Iran’s... More »

US Journo 'Very Weak' in Iranian Jail: Father

As parents visit, Saberi vows to stretch hunger strike into second week

(Newser) - An American journalist jailed in Iran for allegedly spying for the US is vowing to remain on a hunger strike until she is freed even though she is "very weak," her father said today. Roxana Saberi has been on a hunger strike for a week, following her conviction... More »

Resolute, Saberi Marks 32nd Birthday

Parents of jailed journo told her 'the world was with her'

(Newser) - Journalist Roxana Saberi is spending her 32nd birthday in an Iranian prison today—determined to maintain a hunger strike to protest her conviction and 8-year prison sentence for being an alleged American spy. “She didn't wait for us to persuade her not to do so,” her father told... More »

Jailed Journo on Hunger Strike in Iran

Saberi hasn't eaten in five days, father says

(Newser) - The father of jailed journalist Roxana Saberi says his daughter stopped eating 5 days ago, the BBC reports. "I'm very worried," Reza Saberi said. Saberi, 31, an Iranian-American reporter, was convicted of being a US spy and sentenced to 8 years in jail in Iran. Her appeal is... More »

Jailed Journo in Iran Plans Hunger Strike

(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... More »

Saberi's Release Is Not My Call: Ahmadinejad

Obama should respect Iran's laws, he says

(Newser) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad skirted talk of releasing jailed Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi during an interview with ABC News, saying that decision lies with Iran's “independent” judiciary. Responding to President Obama’s concerns for her safety, the Iranian president said, “I think Mr. Obama, as a sign of change and... More »

Partner Writes Loving Plea for Saberi's Release

Iranian filmmaker worried about jailed fiancee's health

(Newser) - A decorated Iranian film director who describes himself as Roxana Saberi's fiance has written an open letter protesting her imprisonment, the BBC reports. "I beg you not to throw her in the midst of your political games!" Bahman Ghobadi writes in his impassioned plea. "She is too... More »

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