News Orgs, NPR Press For Access To Detained Reporter In Iran
March 11, 2009 at 5:15 AM (PT)
While her lawyer says he has finally seen detained American journalist ROXANA SABERI for a second time in her captivity in IRAN, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO has joined ABC, FOX, the BBC, the WALL STREET JOURNAL, PBS and FEATURE STORY NEWS, her employer, in demanding that the charges against SABERI be made public or, in the alternative, that she be released.
The news organizations also are asking that international organizations operating under the GENEVA CONVENTIONS be given access to SABERI to ascertain her well-being and observe the conditions of her imprisonment. PR's VIVIAN SCHILLER, ABC NEWS' DAVID WESTIN, PBS' PAULA KERGER, the BBC's JON WILLIAMS, the JOURNAL's ROBERT THOMSON, FOX NEWS CHANNEL's JOHN STACK, and FEATURE STORY NEWS President SIMON MARKS are signatories to the letter.
"ROXANA SABERI is a U. S. citizen, born in NEW JERSEY, raised in NORTH DAKOTA and educated in MINNESOTA. She has many friends and colleagues across the nation. We are deeply concerned about her well-being and the deprivation of her rights, and we will continue to press for action until we are successful."
Lawyer ABDOLSAMAD KHORRAMSHAHI said that he was able to see SABERI on TUESDAY and that she is in "good spirits" and has been informed of the charges against her, but that he could not disclose more information until he gets the indictment against her.