Saturday, 18 April 2009

Journalist jailed for 8 years in Iran

BBC News is reporting that Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, 31, accused of spying, has been jailed for eight years by Iran after a secret trial.
Saberi who denies the charge plans to go on hunger strike, her father said.
She has reported for a number of foreign news organisations including the BBC, NPR radio and Fox News.
The journalist originally faced the less serious accusation of buying alcohol, and later of working as a journalist without a valid press card. Then, in a period of less than two weeks, the charge of spying was introduced, and she was tried by the Revolutionary Court and sentenced.
No evidence of espionage was made public.

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