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Northwestern University President Letters to Sec. Clinton and Sen. Durbin

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Northwestern University president Henry S. Bienen today sent letters to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin asking for their support in securing Roxana Saberi’s release. Roxana obtained her Master’s Degree in Journalism from Northwestern.

President Bienen’s letter to Sec. Clinton:

April 10, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Office of the Secretary
Harry S. Truman Building
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Clinton:
As you know, an American journalist, Roxana Saberi, has been imprisoned by the government of Iran and charged with espionage. Ms. Saberi is an alumna of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, graduating with a master’s degree in journalism in 1999.

The U. S. State Department has called the espionage charge against her baseless and asked for her release. Northwestern very much appreciates the efforts of the State Department and asks that you continue to provide whatever support you can to bring about her safe return. Ms. Saberi has been detained since February, so we are quite concerned about her health and safety.

Ms. Saberi had been working in Iran as a freelance reporter for several news organizations. As such, she exemplified the courageous reporting and commitment to freedom of information that are hallmarks of Medill and Northwestern. We know that you join us in hoping for her release and ask that you do all you can to assist in those efforts.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Henry S. Bienen
President

President Bienen’s letter to Sen. Durbin:

April 10, 2009

Senator Dick Durbin
United States Senate
S-321 Capitol Building
Washington, DC 20510-7010

Dear Senator Durbin:
An American journalist, Roxana Saberi, has been imprisoned by the government of Iran and charged with espionage. Ms. Saberi is an alumna of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, graduating with a master’s degree in journalism in 1999.

The U. S. State Department has called the espionage charge against her baseless and asked for her release. Northwestern very much appreciates the efforts of the State Department and asks that you provide whatever additional support you can to bring about her safe return. Ms. Saberi has been detained since February, so we are quite concerned about her health and safety.

Ms. Saberi had been working in Iran as a freelance reporter for several news organizations. As such, she exemplified the courageous reporting and commitment to freedom of information that are hallmarks of Medill and Northwestern. We know that you join us in hoping for her release and ask that you do all you can to assist in those efforts.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Henry S. Bienen
President

Written by Keith Kamisugi

April 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm

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  1. American media needs to pay greater attention to this story – she’s one of our own!

    Lady Litigator

    April 10, 2009 at 3:04 pm


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