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TV anchor says US jailed her to send a message

Press TV anchor Marzieh Hashemi

An Iranian television anchorwoman believes the US government jailed her as a witness in order to send a message.

Marzieh Hashemi told The Associated Press on Thursday she suspects she was jailed because of her work as a journalist and her beliefs.

She said she sees her detention as the U.S. government telling her to "watch your step" but won't be intimidated.

Hashemi was released Wednesday after being detained for 10 days as a material witness in an ongoing grand jury investigation.

Hashemi is an American citizen who works for Iranian English-language television news network Press TV. She was detained by the FBI last week in St. Louis and transported to Washington.

She said the case isn't related to terrorism and has to do with her job and where she lives.

(Source: AP) 

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