Northwestern U. Community Organizes Hunger Strike for Saberi
By Anthonia Akitunde in News on May 2, 2009 4:30PM
Northwestern students, faculty, alumni and supporters from around the world are participating in a hunger strike to protest the imprisonment of journalist and Medill alum, Roxana Saberi.
Saberi, 32, who has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment for espionage by an Iranian court, began refusing food on April 21 in protest. She denies the charges against her. According to the Los Angeles Times, Saberi's father said she was "very weak" and only drinking sweetened liquids.
While Saberi's father said she has lost 10-pounds during her hunger strike, Iranian authorities said she is in good health and deny that Saberi is refusing food, according to a FreeRoxana press release. [The Daily Northwestern, Tribune]