How to help journalist Roxana Saberi, imprisoned in Iran

What you can do: Write a letter to your Iranian embassy or mission, and have your friends write letters too. Respectful language and a moderate tone will be most helpful for Roxana Saberi. 

Here’s a letter that can be copied, signed, and e-mailed or printed out and sent:

Your Excellency,

I am writing to express my concern about the April 17 sentencing of Roxana Saberi to eight years in prison on charges of espionage, after a closed, one-day trial.

Ms. Saberi is a respected journalist who has lived in Iran for six years. She filed reports for NPR, the BBC, and other international news outlets before her press credentials were revoked in 2006.

Please allow Saberi to be released on bail so that she can consult with her lawyer and provide a full defense.

I appeal to your compassion and sense of justice as Ms. Saberi’s case moves forward.


In the United States, you can write to:

His Excellency Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran
622 Third Ave.
New York, NY

e-mail: [email protected]


Here are some other Web sites that have been set up in support of Saberi:

Free Roxana Saberi (set up by the Asian American Journalists Association:

Free Roxana

Facebook pages in support of Roxana Saberi:

“Free Roxana Saberi” Twitter feed:

Send moral support:

Finally, Saberi’s birthday is Sunday, April 26. You can e-mail her birthday wishes, which her family will share with her, at [email protected].