PROTEST

Imprisoned Journalist On Hunger Strike

Roxani Saberi, the American journalist convicted of spying on the Iranian government in a quick closed-door trial, has begun a hunger strike in protest of her imprisonment. Her father, who, along with her mother is in Iran attempting to secure her release, announced that his daughter was on her fifth day without food. Last week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the matter directly, asking the judiciary chief to examine the conviction and ensure that Saberi was treated fairly. Since the request, there have been signs that the verdict will be reconsidered. When Saberi was arrested she was working on a book about Iran without proper press credentials. Iranian investigators have said she was passing classified information onto the U.S. government.