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March 31st, 2010
12:00 PM ET

U.S. journalist talks about being jailed in Iran

(CNN) – Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi has survived something most of us can't imagine. While working in Iran she was detained and thrown in jail, convicted of spying for the United States – a charge she completely denies.

Saberi was released last May after an appeals court suspended her eight-year sentence. She has now published her story in a new book called "Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran." Our Kiran Chetry talked to Saberi and asked her what happened on January 31st of last year – the day she was arrested.

Filed under: Iran
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  1. paulc

    its very easy for mike-say to sit in his armchair in comfy name-your-state, protected by the US Constitution that allows you to surf the web without censorship to find hearsay "evidence" of the espionage of this journalist and then place her in the same category as the detainees at Gitmo that in the worst case get a military court to review their case along with access to attorneys. We have freedom of the press in this country for a good reason – Roxana has a unique perspective being American and Iranian as well as a journalist. I doubt you have any idea what it was like to loose the freedom as she did. I'm also going to read the book myself before I conclude that she wasnt stripped or waterboarded.

    April 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  2. mike-sey

    Such a predictable, soft-ball interview playing to the CNN story line -American -good, Iranians bad, Kiran.
    OK I'm sure being imprisoned and questioned was no ball of fun, but being held incommunicado and in solitary doesn't seem beyond the norms practiced by the USA at Gitmo or other places for similar alleged crimes. At least she wasn't waterboarded, stripped or roughed up.
    I recall the BBC reporting at the time and CNN mentioning briefly before dropping it that there was evidence against her in the form of stolen confidential government documents, secreted away while she was working as a translator for the Iranians. What about that, Kiran? Doesn't fit the preconception so not worth asking about ? Puhlease!

    March 31, 2010 at 12:31 pm |