Journalist Saberi Back On U.S. Soil
MELISSA BLOCK, Host:
Roxana Saberi returned home to the United States today. The 32-year-old freelance journalist from North Dakota was released from an Iranian prison earlier this month. She had been held for 100 days. This afternoon, Saberi stepped off a plane at Washington's Dulles International Airport, where she was greeted with cheers and hugs from friends.
Saberi had been reporting from Iran for NPR, the BBC and other news media. She moved to Tehran six years ago and had dual citizenship. Earlier this year, the Iranian government accused Saberi of being an American spy, and a court sentenced her to eight years in prison. Saberi says Iranian authorities coerced her into a false confession.
The Obama administration lobbied for her release. An appeals court reduced and suspended her sentence, and she was allowed to come home.
R: It may sound corny, but I am so happy to be home in the land of the free.
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