This is fairly old news, but in the event anyone had been hearing about the story only at C@L, I failed to note that last week the U.S. reporter I'd been posting about was released from prison in Iran. She has left the country, flying to Austria with her family.
Interesting back story on the circumstances surrounding her arrest here. Whatever the details, it's good news that she was released.
For readers interested in the ongoing case of Roxana Saberi, an American journalist imprisoned in Iran on highly dubious charges, this sad story will get you up to date. After having given unofficial indications that she would be released shortly, the Iranian government sentenced Saberi to 8 years in prison on April 18. She is now apparently 5 days into a hunger strike. Trita Parsi runs down some informed speculation about the relationship between the upcoming Iranian elections, the U.S.-Iran situation, and Saberi's arrest here.
Please keep Roxana in your thoughts and prayers. Evin prison is bad news, and she doesn't belong there.
My father sends along this story regarding Roxana Saberi, the American freelance journalist who has been detained by the Iranian government for more than a month. It is encouraging news.
Our hope and prayers are that the Iranians deliver on this pledge. Better still would be if they simply stopped doing this sort of thing altogether.