Clinton calls for Iran to release journalist
The Associated Press
06-Mar-2009 (2 comments)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday called for Iran to release an Iranian-American journalist who Iranian authorities say has been detained about a month for allegedly working without press credentials.Asked about the case at a news conference, Clinton said she was concerned about freelance journalist Roxana Saberi, 31. She said the State Department was working through Swiss officials to request information about Saberi's health, whereabouts and the nature of the charges.Clinton said she was awaiting Iran's response, but added that the only acceptable outcome was for Saberi to be released and allowed to return to her family in North Dakota.A spokesman for the Iranian judiciary said this week that Saberi was being held in Evin prison north of the capital. The Foreign Ministry said she had engaged in "illegal" activities because she continued working in Iran after the government revoked her press credentials in 2006.

News Goffer

i'm sure they're shaking in their boots

by News Goffer on

Of course international pressure in the form of news, public information, and petitions about such cases does work sometimes, but Hillary Clinton's statement would make it look like the US government is bargaining for this woman's freedom which might work against her quick release.



Well she is an American citizen after all

by I wonder (not verified) on

maybe Haleh Esfandiari's boss at Wilson Center should send a letter to Khamenii to expedite her release ...