Roxana Saberi, 31, a freelance journalist who has reported for National Public Radio and other media outlets, remains missing. Her father, Reza Saberi said that she was arrested after she bought a bottle of wine.
The government has recently arrested several Iranian-Americans while also cracking down on journalists in the country. [Update: Saberi has been convicted of spying and given eight years]
There is now a report from Iran that she was arrested for “illegally” gathering news.
Notably, Foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi would still not confirm that she is being detained but insists “Ever since her credentials were revoked by Ershad, her activities have been illegal. Since 2006 when her press accreditation was revoked, she should not have illegally sought to gather information and news in Iran.”
Saberi is a former Miss North Dakota who moved to Iran six years ago
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