Klobuchar asks UN to help free U.S. journalist in Iran


Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is asking the United Nations to work on the immediate release of a U.S. journalist currently being held in Iran.

Minnesota college graduate Roxana Saberi grew up in Fargo and graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead. She hasn't been heard from since Feb. 10 when she called her father in Fargo to tell him she was detained in Iran.

Klobuchar wrote a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, urging him to get involved in the case.

In the letter, Klobuchar says, "I believe that the continued imprisonment of Ms. Saberi is unjustifiable and that the international community must make clear to the Government of Iran that systematic oppression of free speech and political dissent will lead only to further isolation."

Klobuchar's office has also been in contact with the U.S. State Department, but the United States hasn't had direct diplomatic relations with Iran since 1979.

When Saberi last spoke to her father, she thought she would be released within two days. No one has heard from her since, but the Iranian government publicly confirmed she is detained and accused of "illegal" reporting activities.


Saberi has lived in Iran for six years as a reporter for National Public Radio, the BBC, and other news organizations.

Read Klobuchar's full letter here.