A U.S. journalist was jailed for 10 days without being charged with a crime.
Marzieh Hashemi is a U.S. citizen and an anchor for Iran’s Press TV. She was arrested while traveling in St. Louis.
“When you can be picked up, when you can be kidnapped, when you can be shackled, when you can be treated like this and you haven’t done anything — it means anything really is possible,” she stated.
U.S law allows for arrest and detention of “material witnesses,” indefinitely if they’re considered to be flight risks. But Hashemi denies any chance of her avoiding a court subpoena. She grew up in Louisiana and was in the U.S. to visit her ill brother.
She was taken to Washington, D.C. She says she was held under abhorrent conditions, and was in solitary for days. She couldn’t discuss details of the sealed case but believes she was arrested due to her race, religion, and ties to Iran.
“I definitely believe that my religious belief as a Muslim plays a big role in this. Of course, my previous background of just being Black in America and then becoming Muslim,” Hashemi stated. “And of course, we have the other side of things that I chose to live in a country that the United States does not have relations with.”
Worldwide protests demanded the U.S. #FreeMarziekHashemi.