Stuart H. Loory, Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies, Missouri School of Journalism: For the past couple of weeks, a lot of attention has been paid to the plight of Roxanna Saberi, a 31-year-old American-Iranian journalist. She was charged at first with buying a bottle of wine, then with reporting without proper credentials. She had a one-day trial behind closed doors last weekend and was sentenced to eight years in prison for espionage. A Canadian-Iranian blogger, also charged with espionage, has been in jail in Iran since November awaiting trial. There are also two women with American passports awaiting trial in North Korea for coming across the Chinese border without documents to report for Current TV, founded by former Vice President Al Gore. There are currently 125 journalists in jail around the world on charges that relate to their work. Along with the murder and beatings of hundreds of journalists in the past 20 years, press freedom is under attack, and pursuing it is not an easy way to make a living in many countries. Why is Saberi getting so much more attention than other journalists, and do you think the Iranian authorities are going to bow to worldwide pressure and let her free?
International journalists in jail
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