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Roxana Saberi Interviewed By Diane Sawyer for GMA

saberi_5-28.jpgRecently freed American journalist Roxana Saberi talks to Good Morning America’s Diane Sawyer about her time in an Iranian prison, in an interview airing tomorrow morning.

“I learned many lessons, I learned that, do not fear those who can hurt your body but not your soul. No one can hurt your soul unless you let them,” she said.

Saberi was interviewed earlier today by Melissa Block for NPR. It airs later today on All Things Considered.

(image by Lauren Victoria Burke/ABC News)

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Roxana Saberi on NPR Tomorrow

Saberi_5.27.bmpNPR News gets the first in-depth interview with Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi. Saberi, a freelance journalist who has worked for NPR, ABC, Fox News, and others, was released from an Iranian prison earlier this month. NPR host Melissa Block‘s interview with Saberi will air tomorrow afternoon on All Things Considered.

Saberi was released after an Iranian appeals court reduced her 8 year prison sentence for espionage to a two-year suspended sentence. Saberi left Iran with her family on May 15, and arrived in Washington, D.C. on May 22. The 32 year old is a native of Fargo, ND and a former Miss North Dakota.

If you miss the interview on the radio, excerpts will be on NPR.org.

Roxana Saberi To Be Released from Iranian Jail Today

Roxana_5.11.bmpBreaking: NPR is reporting that jailed Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi has had her sentenced reduced and will be released from Evin Prison in Iran. Reza Saberi told NPR News this morning his daughter, “will be free as of today.”

When NPR talked to Reza Saberi this morning, he was on his way to pick up his daughter from Iranian authorities.

In mid-April, Iran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced Saberi to 8 years in prison for espionage. The 32-year-old has reported from Iran for NPR, the BBC, ABC, Fox News and other news organizations.

Saberi grew up in North Dakota and graduated from Concordia College. She was Miss North Dakota 1997 and worked briefly at KVLY-TV in Fargo.

Update: In a news conference this afternoon, Secy. of State Clinton announced Saberi had been reunited with her family and that she would leave Tehran for the United States in the coming days.

Jailed Journalists Update: Saberi, Lee, Ling

saberi_4-29.bmpAn Iranian appeals court has agreed to hear the case of jailed American journalist Roxana Saberi next week. Saberi has been on a hunger strike since April 18 when an Iranian court convicted her of spying. Saberi’s father says his daughter is “weak and frail” after being admitted to a prison hospital last Friday.

ling_4-29.jpgLess is known about Current TV journalists Laura Ling (pictured) and Euna Lee, who were detained in North Korea on March 17, and will face trial for their unspecified “hostile acts.” A conviction could carry a sentence of up to 10 years.

A Current spokesperson tells TVNewser: “We do not have a comment.”

Robert Mackey who is editor of The Lede blog on NYTimes.com, asks, “Is it that the theocratic leadership in Iran seems easier to talk to, and comprehend, than the Stalinist leadership in North Korea?”

Related: Broadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie writes: “Freelance Journos Under Seige.”

Stephanopoulos Interviews Ahmadinejad in Iran

stephano_4-22.bmpGeorge Stephanopoulos gives some background about his interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his blog today.

“After the ‘This Week’ show on Sunday — and after five years of requests — I received word from the Iranian interests section that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had agreed to an interview with me,” he wrote. “But there was a catch: I had to be there by Wednesday at the latest.”

Stephanopoulos made it, and what transpired were “some spirited exchanges, as you might imagine, on the nuclear talks, the Holocaust, and who’s really to blame for the breakdown in U.S.-Iran relations.”

He also asked to see jailed journalist Roxana Saberi. Said Ahmadinejad: “Let’s see if our judiciary allows for that, sure. But if they do not allow for that, no. I am afraid not.”

The ABC anchor was not allowed, but he did visit Saberi’s parents, who told him she will begin a hunger strike tomorrow.

A clip of the interview aired during GMA this morning — the full interview airs Sunday on This Week. Click continued to see Stephanopoulos’ appearance on GMA…

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Iranian Court Sentences Roxana Saberi to 8 Years For Spying

Saberi_4.18.bmpAfter a five-day trial held behind closed doors, an Iranian court has sentenced Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, to eight years in prison. The former Miss North Dakota, who’d been working in Iran as a freelance reporter, was convicted of spying for the United States.

31-year-old Saberi has reported for NPR, “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”, and Fox News Channel, among others as the Tehran bureau chief for Feature Story News. Her press credentials were revoked in 2006.

The Obama administration has called the charges against Saberi baseless and is demanding her release.

Saberi grew up in North Dakota and graduated from Concordia College. She was Miss North Dakota 1997 and worked briefly at KVLY-TV in Fargo.

> Update from an NPR interview with Saberi’s father: “In the beginning…under pressure, she had made some statements. And later, when they questioned again, she denied, said that those things that she had said were not right. But they apparently, in the case, they didn’t consider her denial. She is very weak and frail, last time we saw. And she wanted to go on hunger strike, but we persuaded her not to do so. And after this, most probably she will.”

> More: Statement from NPR president Vivian Schiller – “We are deeply distressed by this harsh and unwarranted sentence. Ms. Saberi has already endured a three month confinement in Evin Prison, and we are very concerned for her well-being. Through her work for NPR over several years, we know her as an established and respected professional journalist. We appeal to all of those who share our concerns to ask that the Iranian authorities show compassion and allow her to return home to the Untied States immediately with her parents.”

> More: Statement from ABC News – “We are distressed by the sentence of espionage delivered to our colleague Roxana Saberi today. There was no evidence of espionage made public and her trial was conducted in secret. Roxana’s friends and colleagues at ABC News are extremely concerned for her well-being and our thoughts have been with Roxana and her family throughout this ordeal. We urge the Iranian government to release Roxana to her family immediately.

> More: Statement from Feature Story News president and chief correspondent – FSN’s President and Chief Correspondent Simon Marks issued the following statement: “Roxana’s conviction is an appalling miscarriage of justice – or what passes for justice in modern Iran. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Roxana and her family at this extremely difficult time. We once again urge the Iranian authorities to release Roxana immediately into the custody of her family, so that she can make plans to return to the United States where she was born and raised”.”

American Journalist Charged With Espionage

saberi_4-8.bmpDeveloping: The American journalist who was detained in Iran earlier this year is being charged today with espionage.

31-year-old Roxana Saberi was detained in January while working as a freelance reporter. She has reported for NPR, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and Fox News, among others, as Tehran bureau chief for Feature Story News.

Her lawyer said, “As they have announced, they have accused her of espionage,” while the prosecution said she had “accepted” the accusation. No trial date has been set.

“Under Iran’s penal code, the crime of espionage can carry the death penalty,” reports Reuters. “Last November Iran executed an Iranian businessman convicted of spying on the military for Israel.”

Detained Journalists Abroad: Ling and Saberi

ling_3-25b.jpgTwo American journalists, Laura Ling (pictured) and Euna Lee, working for Current TV continue to be detained in North Korea.

The journalists were reporting on North Korean refugees in China, and may have been led across the border by a guide “promising them exclusive footage of human trafficking or drug deals.” They’ve been detained since last Tuesday, March 17.

The State Department says “North Korea has assured Washington the Americans are being treated well.”

Ling’s sister is Lisa Ling of CNN’s Planet in Peril and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

And following up on a story we reported earlier this month, Roxana Saberi is still being detained in Iran despite initial reports she would be released soon. Her father says she has been told it may be “months or even years” before she is released.

The Ticker: ABC, FBN, NBC…

> With American journalist Roxana Saberi still detained in Iran, ABC News’ Martha Raddatz writes about her experience in the country last year. She also quotes Sec. of State Hillary Clinton‘s spokesman, who says, “We’re looking into it.”

> Look for former CNN correspondent Miles O’Brien on cable in the next hour — on Fox Business Network. O’Brien tweeted, “Appearing on Fox Biz News at 5:40pm EST. Show is called “Happy Hour” Subject: Shuttle retirement.”

> On the premiere of NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, the host demonstrated a new way of delivering the news — via slow jam. Will anyone else in 30 Rock be adopting the practice? Click continued to see the “slow jam” about the stimulus…

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American Reporter Detained in Iran

Roxana_3.1.bmpA former Miss North Dakota, who’s been working in Iran as a freelance reporter, is being detained in undisclosed location there.

31-year-old Roxana Saberi has reported for NPR, “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer“, and Fox News Channel, among others as the Tehran bureau chief for Feature Story News. Her press credentials were revoked by the Iranian government more than a year ago, but she was being allowed to file short stories until her arrest about a month ago.

NPR reports the Saberi family decided not to go public with Saberi’s arrest until yesterday. Her father, who still lives in Fargo, last spoke to her on February 10 and said he doesn’t know where she’s being held or what the charges are.

RSaberi_3.1.jpg“Roxana Saberi is one of the most courageous people I have ever met”, said Simon Marks, FSN’s President and Chief Correspondent. “It is imperative that the authorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran now divulge her whereabouts, and explain to both her family and her legal representatives the reasons for her detention”. Saberi served as FSN’s Tehran Bureau Chief from February 2003 to July 2006.

Saberi grew up in North Dakota and graduated from Concordia College. She was Miss North Dakota 1997 and worked briefly at KLVY-TV in Fargo.

(photos: FSN/Saberi Family via KFYR-TV)