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Pictured in 2007, Roses at the foot of a light post serve as a small memorial outside Norris Hall, where 32 students were killed on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. Getty Images hide caption

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As journalists, we often hesitate to make ourselves the story (well, some of us anyway).

Stories of the harassment and abuse of journalists are a different matter. We feel it our obligation to let you know that a colleague of ours, freelancer Roxana Saberi, is being held in Iran on charges of espionage, charges that seem to have little foundation in fact.

She is Iranian American and out NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller has spoken about her case. You can read her comments by clicking here.

We also wanted to speak to two journalists who have been where Saberi is — one is American, one is Iranian. They'll tell you what happened to them.

And you can read what they have written about this issue by clicking here.

And if you, like me, got that email asking what the heck was that Turkish newscaster guy in blackface all about, we wanted to know, too, so we dialed up a colleague in Turkey to tell us.

Here's the video, so you know what we're talking about.

Finally ...

It's the second anniversary of the terrible tragedy at Virginia Tech. So for many, today is a day to mourn ... and remember. Last night I saw several people on the street wearing V-Tech caps in downtown Washington, D.C. I wondered if it was just a coincidence, or if they were wearing those hats as a private memorial...

We can't say it often enough: if you lost someone on that day, if you were injured, if you're still recovering ... we remember you. We see you. You are not forgotten to us.

I think one of the worst things about loss is that you sometimes feel you are alone in it. You see people going out to eat and having birthday parties, and laughing and walking around — and you don't begrudge them this — but sometimes you think, how can they do it? Why don't they remember?

We remember.

To all those who mourn, for whatever reason. We are thinking of you.