Roxana Saberi, the Iranian-American journalist who was arrested and imprisoned in Iran is expected to be released from prison today after an appeals court reduced her sentence. Of course this is great news, because we were worried about Saberi’s health (she’s been on a hunger strike) and safety (its Iran, after all).
However, throughout her imprisonment, Saberi has sometimes been mentioned in news reports along with two other American female journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling, Current TV reporters who were both recently arrested in North Korea. They have been receiving less press than Saberi but are expected to face trial soon. We’re happy for Saberi, but we’d like to see all wrongfully imprisoned Americans freed.
There is always danger when reporting abroad, and not just in Iran and North Korea. One viewing of A Mighty Heart was enough to keep us out of any war-torn nation, although we understand why braver souls are drawn there. Saberi’s story (and Leeâ€™s and Lingâ€™s) will probably not deter reporters from living and working abroad — its just one more thing to worry about on top of the risk of being kidnapped, attacked or killed. But wouldn’t it be nice if there was one thing they didn’t have to worry about?
In the meantime, if you want to support of Lee and Ling, you can attend one of the vigils for them on May 21.