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Iran definitely detains US journalist Roxana Saberi

By Adriana Stuijt     Mar 2, 2009 in Politics
Roxana Saberi, a US journalist who files reports for the BBC, National Public Radio and Fox News, was definitely arrested in Iran, her father Reza told National Public Radio today. The Iranian Women's Prison system is infamous for its abuses.
Her father Reza Saberi told NPR that she had been arrested by police in the Islamic Republic of Iran on the pretext of her buying a bottle of wine illegally. He told National Public Radio that only after ten days of detention at an unknown location, was she allowed to phone him, telling him she was being incarcerated by the authorities, he said. Saberia, who holds a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, filed freelance reports for the British Broadcasting Corporation, Fox News, National Public Radio and other Western news outlets from Iran. see our earlier report here
"She said that she had bought a bottle of wine and the person that sold it had reported it and then they came and arrested her," he said, adding that it was just an excuse to arrest her. Reza Saberi told Fox that when she called on February 10, his daughter asked her parents not to tell anyone about her detention, which is why they had not discussed it until now. At the time she said she expected to be released within two to three days, Saberi said.
Miss North Dakota 1997
Roxana Saberi, also a former Miss North Dakota, is a US national who also holds an Iranian passport because her father was born in Iran.
She had a bright university career, earning a double major in French and Communication in 1997 from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN; was active with music, soccer, and reporting for the campus television and newspaper.
Top Ten in Miss America competition:
In 1997, she was selected Miss North Dakota; and was a Top Ten Finalist at the Miss America competition, winning the Scholar Award.
In 1999, she completed a Master's Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago; and in 2000, Roxana earned a Master's Degree in International Relations from Cambridge University in England.
Roxana has worked in video journalism and reporting for various television stations and agencies in several states and England.
Since 2003, she has served as a free lance journalist representing various international organizations, including the BBC.
She has lived in Iran for six years, working as a journalist and pursuing a master's degree in Iranian studies and international relations, NPR reported.
Iran revoked Saberi's press credentials more than a year ago. Her father said she was planning to move back to the US later this year. see
More about Roxana saberi, BBC, NPR
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