Monday, May 11, 2009

Journalist Saberi freed from Iran; monitor situation of Canadian blogger Derakshan

According to CNN, imprisoned journalist Roxana Saberi has been released, and is leaving Iran. She will not be allowed to work in Iran for five years.

A court agreed that Iran is not at war with the United States, and that she cannot be punished for crimes like treason or collaborating with an enemy.

Apparently Iran’s wild president Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, more concerned about his own international reputation, intervened with the prosecutor in Tehran, and is also urging the relase of a Canadian blogger, Hossein Derakhshan.

The CNN story, which appeared midday Monday May 11, is this. The link for Hossein’s blog is this. Reporters Without Borders ("Reporters sans frontieres") has an entry for him here.

I have long been concerned that American bloggers who criticize Islamic regimes in various countries could be at risk of detention if they travel to those countries (or are sent there by employers), even if they don’t blog from within the country.

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