Roxana Saberi Receives 8 Year Sentence

After much consideration in which rationality was clearly in abstentia, an Iranian court has found US-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi guilty of spying and passed a sentence of 8 years.

Despite President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent expostulation that:

Anyone who talks about change must change his own behavior and policy. He must stop talking with the nations out of egocentrism and from a position of arrogance; he must officially recognize, and respect, the rights of the nations.

The view seemingly does not extend to his own citizens, and certainly not to those of women.

It is a dark day when a journalist is incarcerated for 8 years, for without research only misunderstanding can flourish, and hostility thereafter.

Saberi’s lawyers have vowed to appeal; let’s watch this space and hope a positive outcome emerges.

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This entry was posted on April 18, 2009 by in Censorship, Iran and tagged , , , , .
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