April 11th, 2009
Free Roxanna Saberi
By Dave Aeikens
We have been doing our best to remind Iran that journalism is not espionage. The situation of Roxana Saberi is getting ridiculous. First the freelance journalist is put in an Iranian prison and now she is charged with espionage. Her parents are rightfully upset. SPJ takes a keen interest in all cases in which journalists are in prisoned and sadly it is happening even in this country. That’s why we are working to pass a Shield law.
Many journalism organizations are outraged by this and are doing what they can to help.
Roxana Saberi is from Fargo, N.D., a city SPJ leaders recently visited and a place where we have friends.
I urge the U.S. government to do what it can to get the Iranians to release Saberi immediately to her family. This has gone on long enough.