Major world broadcasters urge access to journalist Roxana Saberi detained in Iran
MAJOR WORLDWIDE NEWS ORGANIZATIONS PRESS FOR INFORMATION REGARDING AMERICAN
JOURNALIST ROXANA SABERI BEING HELD IN IRAN
NPR, ABC, BBC, FOX, WALL STREET JOURNAL, PBS, FEATURE STORY NEWS ISSUE JOINT
Washington, D.C.; March 10,
2009 - On behalf of the family, friends and colleagues of Roxana Saberi, and the
many American citizens who share our concerns, we urgently request a series of
steps be taken in the case of Roxana Saberi, an independent journalist and dual
citizen of the United States and Iran, who is being held in Evin Prison in
Roxana Saberi has reported for
several English news channels during her six-year stay in Iran.
We now ask that one or more international organizations that have
responsibilities and rights under the Geneva Conventions be permitted access to
Roxana immediately to ascertain her health and well-being and to determine the
conditions under which she is held.
We now ask that the specific charges against Roxana Saberi be made public. If no
charges are filed, we now urge her immediate release and ask that she be given
permission to return to her home country, the United States.
For the past six years, Ms. Saberi has resided in Iran, where she is an
established and respected professional journalist. She has filed for NPR, ABC,
BBC and others. Before her arrest, she was pursuing a master's degree in Iranian
studies and international relations and writing a book about Iran.
On Thursday, February 26, nearly a month after the actual event, we learned that
Roxana was detained by Iranian authorities in late January. Since then she has
been denied contact with family, friends and associates. On February 10, briefly
and under apparent duress, she contacted her family to inform them of her arrest
and detention and requested their silence. On Sunday, March 1, her family
revealed the story to their home town press in Fargo, ND, and to NPR, given
their growing concern over the lack of contact from Roxana.
Roxana Saberi is a U. S. citizen, born in New Jersey, raised in North Dakota and
educated in Minnesota. She has many friends and colleagues across the nation. We
are deeply concerned about her well-being and the deprivation of her rights, and
we will continue to press for action until we are successful.
President & CEO, NPR
David L. Westin
President, ABC News
World Editor, BBC News
President & CEO, PBS
Editor-in-Chief, Wall Street Journal
VP Newsgathering, The Fox News Channel
President, Feature Story News
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