Students rally to support jailed journalist

April 23, 2009 (EVANSTON, Ill.) Saberi earned her master's degree at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.

Last week, the journalist was convicted of spying for the U.S. in Iran and she was sentenced to eight years in prison.

On Thursday night, Saberi's supporters say her imprisonment affects young journalists everywhere.

"When things like this happen it puts a fear into student journalists hearts because that makes them hesitate even more for doing the same thing. So when things like this happen, it makes me less willing to go to Iran," said Chris Kirk, journalism student.

There has been some talk that the verdict against Saberi might be overturned.

This week President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged Tehran's chief prosecutor to ensure that she be allowed a full defense during her appeal.

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