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In March 2009, Keith Kamisugi and Steve Chin started a national campaign to seek the release of Roxana Saberi, an American journalist of Iranian and Japanese descent who was arrested in February and held in Iran on charges of espionage. For more than two months, Kamisugi and Chin worked with about a dozen folks around the country and the Asian American Journalists Association through Facebook, Twitter and our blog to highlight Roxana’s plight. Roxana was thankfully freed on May 11, 2009. There’s a long list of people that were instrumental in this effort. The freeroxana.net domain name was discontinued on March 2010.

Roxana Saberi, age 31, is an American journalist of Iranian and Japanese descent who was arrested in February 2009, held in Iran on charges of espionage, which her lawyer and the U.S. Dept. of State called baseless, and freed on May 11, 2009.

Saberi is a freelance journalist who moved to Iran six years ago, and reports for NPR, the BBC, and other news organizations.

She grew up in Fargo, N.D., the daughter of Reza Saberi, who was born in Iran, and Akiko Saberi, who is from Japan. She was chosen Miss North Dakota in 1997 and was among the top ten finalists in Miss America 1998. She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., with degrees in communication and French.

She holds her first Master’s Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and her second Master’s Degree in International Relations from Cambridge University. She is currently working on yet another Masters degreee in Iranian studies and international relations.

The Committee to Protect Journalists reports that in 2008, Iran was the sixth-leading jailer of journalists.

From Wikipedia and other sources.

Written by Keith Kamisugi

March 3, 2009 at 11:51 pm

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  1. [...] Roxana Saberi By nadiacooke Roxana Saberi is a 31-year-old Iranian-American journalist who has been living in Iran for the last six years, [...]

  2. [...] og domstol spesifikt om å sjå til at rettferda skal skje fyllest i saka hans Hoder, og saka til den fengsla reporteren Roxana Saberi. Det vart for øvrig sagt tidlegare hos hildring at det er meir med han Mahmoud enn ein skulle tru. [...]

  3. [...] در حمايت از آزادي ركسانا صابري: فيس بوك، توئيتر، سايت Free Roxana [...]

  4. [...] ξεκίνησε μια προσπάθεια συμπαράστασης στην Roxana Saberi , δημοσιογράφο φυλακισμένη από τις Ιρανικές αρχές. [...]

  5. [...] the Miss America beauty pagent, reportedly coming in 19th. The Free Roxana website, however, says here that she was among the ten finalists in the 1998 Miss American [...]


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