Sarah Shourd, who was set free by Iran in September after being arrested and held for 14 months, released a song on YouTube today calling for the freeing of her two companions. According to AP, Shourd said the song is “one of many she wrote while in solitary confinement.”

Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, both 28, as well as Shourd, are UC Berkeley alumni. Bauer and Shourd became engaged in prison. The three were arrested while hiking in the Kurdistan region of Iraq; Iranian authorities said they had crossed the border into Iran, and were held on charges of espionage. On Monday, Bauer’s mother said Bauer and Fattal were allowed to call their families over the weekend.

More videos about the situation can be found on the web site Free The Hikers.

Sarah Shourd Releases Song Calling on Iran to Free Companions 1 December,2010Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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