Iran Frees American Journalist

in Media
May 11th, 2009

As a former long-time ABC News foreign correspondent, College of Communication journalism Professor Robert Zelnick can offer unique perspective on the decision by the Iranian government to free American journalist Roxana Saberi.

“The freeing of Roxana Saberi, a courageous journalist whose three months imprisonment rightly triggered international outrage, shows that even Iran cannot be completely tone deaf to world opinion.  But I would be cautious before reading into this event a new Iranian responsiveness to President Obama’s personal diplomacy or a willingness to yield in its effort to develop nuclear weapons.  One happy ending does not validate a foreign policy steeped in myth.”

Contact Robert Zelnick, 617-353-5007, bzelnick@bu.edu

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