October 12, 2009

We’ve been wondering what Roxana Saberi has been doing since her release from prison in Iran, where she was falsely charged with espionage. This Salt Lake City news article (photo credit: Keith Johnson, Deseret News) reports on a lecture she gave there with veteran newsman Daniel Schorr.

Saberi, a U.S.-born journalist of Iranian and Japanese descent, recounted incidents of censorship preceding her sudden arrest in Tehran. Written from the perspective of a young female Iranian American, the book she was researching promised to be fascinating even before her personal drama heightened the mix. Saberi told the audience, “I hope you will value the freedoms you have. I didn’t realize the value of freedom until I was deprived of it.”