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Wednesday's Connector: Roxana Saberi

April 5th, 2010
04:09 PM ET

American-Iranian Roxana Saberi has been working as a journalist for years, but it wasn't until she was detained in Iran that she made headlines around the world.

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Saberi was detained in January and convicted in April 2009 on espionage charges in a one-day trial that was closed to the public. She was sentenced to eight years in prison after being accused of spying for the United States.

A judge changed Saberi's sentence during an appeal hearing and the court agreed with her lawyers that, because Iran is not at war with the United States, Saberi cannot be punished for cooperating with agents of a hostile nation, according to Saberi's spokesman, Abdolsamad Khorramshahi.

Her sentence was changed to a two-year jail term, suspended for five years, Iran's state-run news agency IRNA reported.

She was finally released in May 2009.

Here's your chance to send in your questions and comments to Roxana Saberi.

Please write your comments below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. erick

    Time for Iran's government to never exist for once for all. Those mullahs use Islam to murder,steal,subjugate and to promote terrorism and I am sure that Islam is not a religion that promotes danger,but peace and love for every person as with every religion. If the UN had ever imposed terrible sanctions against their assets and economy, the ayatollah and his cohorts could exile forever.

    April 5, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  2. izzo

    what motivates you to do your job day in and day out?

    April 5, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  3. izzo

    what are some of the horrible conditions you experienced in your time in iran?

    April 5, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  4. Omar Haleem

    Did they place you in a quite cell..and were you bombarded by accusing voices?..also, did you hear a loud piercing whistling sound in your left or right ear?..did you hear a cricket's chirp?..did they try to drive you mad through auditory voices?..if so, join the club..sad:(

    April 5, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  5. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Roxana Saberi (Persian: رکسانا صابری) and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Roxana Saberi to the following questions:
    – What is your opinion on the current situation in Iran?
    – What must be done to really connect Iran with the rest of the world?
    – How are you inspiring people all over the world to make our world a Better Healthier and Beautiful Place?

    I am awaiting Roxana Saberi’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    April 5, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  6. Emma V.

    how are you dealing with the fact that you will need to go back and serve 2 years in jail? Are you doing anything to try and appeal that sentence.?

    April 6, 2010 at 2:40 am | Reply
  7. Munir Ahmed

    Dear Roxana,

    Glad to communicate with you. What are your opinions regarding reconciling Iranian and US views?



    April 6, 2010 at 2:42 am | Reply
  8. Jamal Rezai

    During your interview with Jon Stewart you mentioned that you spent some time with the Baha'is who had been imprisoned in Evin. Can you shed some more light on your interactions with them, and also on the actions of the prison officials on prisoners (such as yourself) detained on false and baseless charges?

    Jamal R, USA

    April 6, 2010 at 3:49 am | Reply
  9. Claes Mellegard

    Greetings from Japan Roxana, I understand you have Japanese blood from your mother's side?
    My wife is Japanese, and we were following your story avidly from Tokyo.

    You should come out to Japan and tell your story on NHK World, where I work!! 🙂



    April 6, 2010 at 5:17 am | Reply
  10. Bimal

    Firstly what motivates you to do your job every single day and secondly what is it like to be a journalist in some of the most dangerous places in the world?

    April 6, 2010 at 8:56 am | Reply
  11. Adegbesan Oluwaseun

    Roxana Saberi. What did you think it can be a remedy the moving up and down about 2years in jail, And what you have done to cause your arrested is it intentional?. Give a response to the questions.

    April 6, 2010 at 9:16 am | Reply
  12. Ross

    why did she buy wine in a country where it is illegal! If someone bought heroin and was caught would there have been this fuss? but she was a non and now everyone knows her!

    April 6, 2010 at 10:44 am | Reply
  13. Kerry M. Berger

    As an American of Iranian and Japanese heritage, you have multi-cultural experiences and understanding of events that go beyond the borders and general comprehension of most domestic US citizens. As you observe events as they pertain to US and Iran, what would you like to see the US Government do vis-a-vis Iran that you feel the US Government is failing to do? By the same token, for Iran to be better accepted in the world of nations not under the label of a paraiah, what must Iran do?

    Thank you. I thoroughly enjoyed your interviews on NPR. You've been through Hell and back. Welcome home Roxana and thank you for your integrity and diligence as a reporter.

    April 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  14. James W. Hawkins

    What advice do you have for journalists in Iran now, or who are planning to go there, and would you return to work there if allowed to do so?

    Alexandria, Egypt

    April 6, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  15. Ted S. U S A

    Roxana, The world is not very safe any more.
    I think your lucky to be back in the U S.
    Some country's are not like they were.

    April 6, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  16. Mark W. Asheville

    What went through your mind when the court convited you of espinoge?

    April 6, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  17. Keira

    Greetings all!!

    I'd like to know the following: Do you think international sanctions will make Iran reconsider some of their policies (regarding imprisonment, human rights, etc)? Is there anything that can be done (whether internationally or internally) to make this Islamic Republic more progressive minded?



    April 6, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  18. Sam

    What did you learn from staying with the Baha'i lady inmates in your cell? Do you believe they were guilty or not?
    How do you see the iranian news, media, and government after being in their cells?
    Do you think what the government says about protestors and the previous term's is true?
    How do you see Iran in 2015? (please describe in terms of government, culture, and society)

    April 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  19. Omar Majied!

    When people hear "terrorism" muslims come in thier picture!!! What do u think of the role of media in it? Even now muslim scholars like one of pr.Dr tahir ul qadri gave 600 page fatwa aganist terrorism,, how should now media play role in it? Thank you!

    April 6, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  20. izzo

    who did u miss most in that horrible period of time?

    April 6, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Reply

    Roxana Saberi's ordeal in Iran is not a unique case in our world today. Without going into details, we must admit that we have allowed a distorted world too much space. We are suspicious of one another as humans. We do evil things to one another and we seem to delight in causing even more chaos. The detention in question tells us a sad story not only about the Iranian authorities but about many of our countries that still believe that we are all at war with one another. A world that all must command the freedom of movement is still possible if only we could come to our senses and put an end to all the wanton abuses and conspiracies that militate aginst those citizens of the world who would like to get on with their work in peace. My sympathies to Roxana. One day journalists like you will work peacefully without fear of unlawful detention.

    April 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Reply

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