Fargo-area journalists have organized a vigil for Roxana Saberi slated for Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m. CT. The vigil will be on the Veterans Memorial bridge on Main Avenue, which links Fargo with Moorhead, North Dakota with Minnesota.
Roxana is in her second week of a hunger strike, her father has recounted. Iranian officials deny that. Last Sunday, she was allowed an additional visit by her parents, Akiko and Reza, because it was her 32nd birthday.
Details are frustratingly scant about Roxana these days. The national news media seem to have forgotten her story amid the "story of the day" overkill. You'd think they'd be more concerned about one of their own.
But Fargo has not forgotten. North Dakota has not forgotten. Her journalist colleagues have not forgotten. And Saturday, folks will gather, and wear yellow like the yellow ribbons that now flutter in her home neighborhood.
And we are mindful, also, that two journalists are held in North Korea. Their story, too, needs remembering...and reporting.
That's why I'm thinking that even if you can't participate right here in Fargo, on Saturday at 2 pm, wherever you are, pause and reflect on how important responsible journalism is to free societies. And then send an email to a journalist whose work you value and appreciate and just tell him or her "thanks."
— Sandy Huseby, blogging as Prairie Sunshine.
crossposted at firedoglake's Oxdown Gazette