Iran May 'Speed Up' Release of Jailed American Freelance Journalist

The father of imprisoned Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi says he and his wife are going to Iran this week to see his daughter and speed her release.

Reza Saberi says he and his wife, Akiko, will leave their home in Fargo on Monday afternoon and hope to be in Tehran by Wednesday.

Reza Saberi said he has been hearing word that Iranian officials are going to "speed up the process" of releasing his daughter, but he said "there's still some work to do."

The Iranian government has said Roxana Saberi was arrested for doing reporting work in the country after her press credentials expired. Her parents found out about her arrest in a brief phone call from her Feb. 10.

Saberi is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Iran who has reported for a number of international news organizations.