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Chicago Wed Apr 22 2009

Rally for Jailed Journalist Scheduled for Thursday

Northwestern University students are planning a rally on Thursday in support of Roxana Saberi, a U.S.-Iranian journalist who was recently sentenced to eight years in prison and convicted of espionage. Saberi has been held in Tehran's Evin prison since January.

Saberi received a master's degree in Journalism from Medill in 1999 and has been working in Iran for six years, covering stories for the BBC, NPR and ABC News, among other outlets.

According to an e-mail and press release sent today, students will gather in front of Fisk Hall, 1845 Sheridan Rd., at 5:15 p.m. and will begin marching at 5:30 p.m. Students will march through campus and end at The Rock, a center meeting point on NU's campus, where supporters will express their concern for Saberi's release. On the same day colleagues will be gathering to support her, Saberi will begin a hunger strike, according to ABC News. Follow her story at the Free Roxana Saberi blog.

 
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