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Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari, who was jailed in Iran last year for four months before being allowed to leave for England, was sentenced in absentia to 13 years in prison and 74 lashes for a host of counterrevolutionary acts, The New York Times and other sources report. read more »

One of the 13 George Polk Awards for 2009 went to the persons responsible for filming and broadcasting on Internet the images of a young woman dying from a gunshot wound during last June’s protests in Iran. read more »

In an essay for Columbia Journalism Review, writer Jordan Michael Smith says the capture of U.S. diplomats by Iranian students 30 years ago this week had “pernicious” effects on the U.S. public’s attitude on Iran. read more »

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Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, arrested last June after disputed elections, was released after paying a bail of about $300,000. He has arrived in London to join his wife, who is expecting the couple's first child next week, the magazine reports.

Tehran didn't explain the reasons behind the release, but "humanitarian considerations were presumed to have played a role in the decision," Newsweek says. read more »

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has assured her Canadian counterpart of Washington’s “full support” in calling on Tehran to release Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, the Newsweek reporter who was arrested in June after covering the elections, Canwest News Service reports. read more »

A member of Canada's parliament is pushing the government to do more to win the release of Maziar Bahari, who has been jailed in Tehran since June over allegations he was acting as a spy, Canwest News Service reports. read more »

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More than 100 prominent reporters and editors from 47 countries have petitioned Tehran to immediately release Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari, who has been jailed without charge since June 21, the Committee to Protect Journalists reports. They call him "one of the most impartial and committed journalists in his field" and say he has earned "global respect. read more »

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The New York Times' Brian Stelter looks at how the coverage of protests in Iran this month has rewritten one of the most important rules in journalism: check your sources. read more »

Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari was among the hundreds of people arrested after clashes in the streets of Tehran, the magazine reports. Bahari, who has covered Iran for more than a decade, is a documentary filmmaker and playwright who is well known in Iran. read more »

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Whether you love Twitter or hate it, or still haven’t tried it, this was the week when it tweeted most loudly into the international public spotlight. read more »

Tehran’s efforts to control images of election protests haven’t stopped photos and videos of election protests from leaking out anyway, showing how difficult it is to shut off the flow of information in the Internet age, the Associated Press reports. read more »

In an interview with NPR's "All Things Considered," her first since her release, journalist Roxana Saberi says she still doesn't know why she was arrested and held in a prison near Tehran. An Iranian court had convicted Saberi of espionage and sentenced her to eight years in prison in April after a closed trial. read more »

Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi was released from a Tehran prison after judicial authorities suspended the remainder of the eight-year sentence she was given for espionage, the Washington Post and BBC report. read more »

After refusing food for two weeks, Roxana Saberi has halted the hunger strike she carried out to protest her eight-year jail sentence on charges of spying for the United States, Reuters reports. (More stories here.) read more »

Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, arrested in Tehran and sentenced to eight years in jail on espionage charges, is “weakened and very frail” from a hunger strike she began a week ago, Bloomberg News reports, quoting her father, Reza Saberi. (See this background on her case, and recent updates.) read more »

The two countries have imprisoned the three reporters to strengthen their position in negotiations with the Obama administration, and their authoritarian rulers have accused the journalists of being spies “to smother the truth and delude their populations,” the International Press Institute (IPI) says. (See this report by Bloomberg.) read more »

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Roxana Saberi must have her legal right to defend herself, BBC reports. The Iranian-American reporter was sentenced after being found guilty of spying for the U.S. read more »

The closed trial for Roxana Saberi began Monday in Iran's revolutionary court, which handles national security cases. An Iranian judiciary spokesman said he believes the verdict will be made in two or three weeks, BBC reports. read more »

Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American journalist jailed for more than two months outside Tehran, was charged with espionage, dashing hopes of a quick release days after her parents arrived in the country to seek her freedom, the Associated Press reports. read more »

U.S.freelance journalist Roxana Saberi told her father this week that Iranian officials said she would remain in prison “for months or even years,” the Associated Press reports. Saberi was initially arrested for purchasing alcohol but was held because she had been illegally working in Iran after her press credentials had been revoked. read more »