US frees Iranian state TV journalist

25 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

TEHRAN: The United States has freed a journalist working for Iran’s English-language television station Press TV after 10 days in detention, the channel has announced, reports AFP.

US-born Marzieh Hashemi was arrested on arrival at St Louis Lambert International Airport on January 13.

A Muslim convert who changed her name from Melanie Franklin, she had reportedly been visiting her ill brother and other family members.

Press TV reported her release late on Wednesday.

“The US government has released without charge Press TV anchor Marzieh Hashemi after 10 days of illegal detention,” said the report published on its website.

The site carried an audio message from Hashemi in which she confirmed her release and thanked her family and friends for their support.

A US court said on Friday that Hashemi had been arrested but that she would be freed after giving testimony over an unspecified case.