Iranian officials have
denied reports an Iranian-American journalist jailed in
Tehran is on a hunger strike, and they say she is in
Iranian news agencies Tuesday quoted judiciary spokesman
Alireza Jamshidi and deputy prosecutor Hassan Haddad as
making those remarks Tuesday about journalist Roxana
Haddad says the hunger strike issue has been raised by
people seeking propaganda.
On Monday, Saberi's father said his daughter is "very
weak" as she continues a hunger strike. He said he tried
to get her to stop the strike, but that she vowed to
continue until she is freed.
Saberi's father says she stopped eating a week ago to
protest her eight-year sentence in Iran on charges of
The semi-official ISNA news agency says prosecutor
Haddad noted that Saberi's lawyer has appealed the
sentence, and says it will be adjusted if possible.
Saberi holds U.S. and Iranian citizenship. The U.S.
State Department has called the case against her
"baseless" and Washington has called for her release.
Saberi, a freelance journalist, was sentenced to eight
years in prison on April 18. Iran's Nobel Peace Prize
winner, Shirin Ebadi, has agreed to help defend her.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP,
AP and Reuters.