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Reporter hospitalized as hunger strike intensifies

THE journalist on a hunger strike to protest her imprisonment in Iran was briefly hospitalized after she intensified her fast by refusing to drink water, Reporters Without Borders said yesterday.

The press freedom group said 32-year-old Roxana Saberi was taken on Friday to a clinic at Tehran's Evin prison, where she has been held since her arrest in January. She was released from the clinic within a day after resuming drinking water, the group said.

Saberi's Iranian-born father, who traveled to Iran to seek his daughter's release, said last month she was drinking only sweetened water while refusing food to protest her eight-year jail sentence for spying for the United States.

Reporters Without Borders said her father, Reza Saberi, told the group she stopped drinking water after Iranian authorities denied she was on a hunger strike.

"So, following that, she decided to do a complete hunger strike," Soazig Dollet of the Paris-based group told reporters.

"So she was really weak and went to the clinic inside the prison for the day."

Saberi, a dual Iranian-American citizen, was convicted on the espionage charge after a one-day trial behind closed doors.


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