Magazine article The Christian Century

U.S. Denounces Iran's Treatment of American Journalist

Magazine article The Christian Century

U.S. Denounces Iran's Treatment of American Journalist

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An Iranian-American journalist convicted of espionage by Iran's Revolutionary 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 address 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.

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U.S. officials called the accusations against Saberi "baseless and without foundation." On the day of the sentencing, President Obama said he was "deeply disappointed" by the conviction, a spokesperson said.

During the previous week, Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop and president of the Lutheran World Federation, wrote to the Iranian government asking for Saberi's release, noting in the letter the "shared Abrahamic heritage" of Christians and Muslims. …

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