March 01, 2009

NPR's Roxana Saberi Detained in Iran

We were introduced in DC by my friend Andrew Tabler several years ago. A brave journalist with an interesting personal story (Miss North Dakota 1997), Roxana has reported from Iran for many years. We join NPR, the BBC and others in calling and wishing for her speedy release.

Authorities in Iran have arrested and detained an American freelance journalist who has reported for NPR, the BBC and other news organizations.

Roxana Saberi, 31, was born in the United States to an Iranian-born father and Japanese-born mother. Saberi moved to Iran six years ago and was arrested in Tehran almost a month ago. In an interview with NPR, her father, Reza Saberi, said he last heard from her on Feb. 10.