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April 22, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Journalist imprisoned in Iran

Honest reporter who angered the powerful

The completely outrageous eight-year prison sentence imposed on American broadcast journalist Roxana Saberi last week by an Iranian court says far more about the theocrats who rule that nation than about Saberi herself [“Journalist’s case complicates Obama’s evolving Iran strategy,” page one, April 19].

Born to Iranian parents and raised in that most American of places — Fargo, North Dakota –Saberi was one of the few Western journalists who was fluent enough in the Farsi language to talk to average Iranians. Her work, broadcast locally on NPR stations KPLU and KUOW, as well as on ABC Television, showed a very different Iranian reality than the one favored both by Tehran and Washington.

Her reporting brought the voices of average Iranians into the homes of Americans. It lifted the veil, so to speak, and introduced us to average men and women who were far more like us than our governments want to admit. She isn’t a spy. She’s an honest reporter who angered the powerful.

As the union that represents broadcast journalists across America, we add our voices to the tens of thousands of others who are protesting this life-threatening decision.

Saberi should be released and allowed to return home without delay.

— Steve Krueger, president, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Auburn

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