All Things Considered's Exclusive Interview with Roxana Saberi
Thu, 05/28/2009 - 4:00pm
Journalist Roxana Saberi speaks with NPR’s Melissa Block during All Things Considered on Thursday, May 28 on AM 1370/HD91.5-2. The interview will air between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Saberi was arrested in late January and convicted of espionage for the U.S. in a closed-door trial that her Iranian-born father said lasted only 15 minutes. She was to serve eight years at Evin Prison in Iran, but was freed May 11, 2009 and reunited with her parents. They had come to Iran to seek her release after an appeals court reduced her sentence to two years suspended.
The United States had said the charges against Saberi were baseless and repeatedly demanded her release. The case against her had become an obstacle to Obama's attempts at dialogue with the top U.S. adversary in the Middle East.
Saberi, 32, had moved to Iran six years ago under dual citizenship. She had worked as a freelance journalist for several organizations including the British Broadcasting Corp., as well as a freelance translator.