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U.S. reporter jailed in Iran

by Lester Holt, NBC News anchor

Whenever a journalist is jailed in the line of duty, it sends a chill among those of us who do this for a living. The threat of arrest is something many reporters working overseas face. It is often used as a form of intimidation meant to block access to the truth.

By the end of 2008, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported 125 reporters were imprisoned around the world. One of the newest names on that list is Roxana Saberi, an American-born reporter who also holds Iranian citizenship. She has been sentenced to 8 years in prison by an Iranian court that convicted her of espionage. Saberi was arrested earlier this year after her press credentials expired.