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Saberi’s Side of the Story

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Posted on May 28, 2009
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Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi just got back to the States following six years in Iran, the last four of which she spent in prison under an allegation of spying—a charge she initially confessed to but later recanted. Saberi recounted her story on Thursday’s edition of “All Things Considered” on NPR, one of the outlets for which she reported while in Iran.

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Well, first of all, I should explain, I was taken to Evin prison that first evening because I was told that if I don’t cooperate, if I don’t confess to being a spy, that I would be taken to Evin that evening. And because I did not want to make a false confession and say that I was a spy, they took me to Evin prison that evening. I was allowed to call my parents about 11 days later, after I told my interrogators, “Please let me call my father, at least, to let him know that I’m alive.” And they forced me to tell him a lie — to tell him that I didn’t know where I was and that I had been arrested for alcohol, but these were not true.

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By tropicgirl, May 31, 2009 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment
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Thank you Shameful Reporting for the comments.

I usually enjoy Jeremy Skahill’s articles but this one (referenced by blogger Russian Paul) just treated an event that was not legitimate (in my opinion I think its obvious she is an Israeli spy) to point out problems with legitimate reporters being killed, renditioned, arrested and censored, some by the US military during the Iraq invasion.

Come on, this one is just about obvious. It’s pathetic to play upon people’s legitimate concern for real reporters with this ridiculous concocted sympathy for an Israeli sympathizer.

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By Shameful reporting, May 31, 2009 at 11:52 am Link to this comment
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What horrible reporting this is.

First of all she did not spend 4 years in prison.
That needs to be changed
Second of all she was working as a translator for a Iranian politician at the time of her arrest, not a journalist
Third of all her lawyer admitted that she copied classified documents
Fourth of all her lawyer admitted to her being in contact with the CIA

This kind of story is one of the ones that people can use to quickly determine what publications are mere propaganda and which ones are interested in the facts.  Not looking good for this site

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By Dr Biznees Asusual, May 29, 2009 at 10:02 am Link to this comment
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This is a bit strange - the media coverage and so forth. Saberi is well connected, well cared for, and all the benefits that come with these connections.

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By tropicgirl, May 29, 2009 at 7:12 am Link to this comment

Something was very weird about how this girl acted when she was released. I recall a lot of winking and smirking and a few neo-con-like statements. There is a good possibility that she was an Israeli spy. If you look around the internet you will see that this is a standing tradition in Israel, to hire attractive women. You don’t have to look far. Smells like Israel to me.

Albeit this does not detract from legitimate reporters being held against their will. I just don’t think she is one of them and we should not just accept everything the corporate media tells us at face value.

Iran is pretty intelligent about these things.

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By Russian Paul, May 28, 2009 at 11:49 pm Link to this comment

Jeremy Scahill wrote a trenchant article on his blog about how while this story garnered huge media attention, many other journalists are held indefinitely by our own government with little or no public outrcry.

http://rebelreports.com/post/113076595/if-iran-freed-roxanna-saberi-why-wont-the-us-release

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By Kevin James, May 28, 2009 at 4:50 pm Link to this comment
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She did not spend 4 out of the 6 years in in Iran in Prison!!!!!

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