U.S. denounces Iran's treatment of American journalist
Convicted of espionage
May 19, 2009
An Iranian-American journalist convicted of espionage by Iran’s Rev olutionary Court and sentenced to eight years in prison has become an unwitting figure in the tensions between the United States and the Middle Eastern nation.
Roxana Saberi, 31, worked as a journalist who filed reports from Iran for National Public Radio, the BBC and other news outlets until her credentials were revoked in 2006. Though she continued to report on a freelance basis, she was arrested in January for allegedly passing documents and information to U.S. intelligence services.
Saberi, named Miss North Dakota in 1997, was a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Her alma mater had hoped that she could deliver the May 3 commencement ad dress at the college, which is affliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. After the April 18 sentencing, Saberi’s lawyer said he would appeal.