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The 59-year-old journalist regained her freedom after being held for 10 days in detention, without any accusation.
Iranian Press TV anchor Marzieh Hashemi, who was detained for being a "material witness" in an investigation but was not charged with any crime, was released Wednesday after 10 days of detention in the United States.
The journalist Hashemi, who was born Melanie Franklin in the United States and changed her name after converting to Islam, is already reunited with her family in Washington DC.
"Marzieh and her family will not allow this to be swept under the carpet. They still have serious grievances and want answers as to how this was allowed to happen. They want assurances that this won’t happen to any Muslim... ever again," according to a release issued by her family. The statement added that "just as the U.S. is aware of the harassment of the Black community by the police, the U.S. needs to start talking about the harassment of the Muslim community by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)."
Marzieh Hashemi released! https://t.co/FQpCmzqFEW "This was never just about Marzieh Hashemi. This is about the fact that anyone of us, Muslim or non Muslim can be imprisoned without charge in the United States."
The Iranian Government called the arrest of the journalist "illegal" and demanded that the United States immediately release her, while campaigns were launched on Twitter with #FreeMarziehHashemi and #PrayForMarziehHashemi.