Detained: July 2014
Jason Rezaian is an American journalist who was living and working in Tehran, Iran as the Washington Post’s Tehran bureau chief since 2012. He lived there since 2008 and got married married in 2013. His wife, Yeganeh Salehi, was also an Iranian journalist who reported for The National.
Iranian security agents raided the couple’s apartment on July 22, 2014, and arrested both of them. Salehi was released on bail 10 weeks later but Rezaian spent 543 days in Tehran’s Evin prison.
Jason’s trail began on Mary 26, 2015 at Tehran’s Revolutionary Court and all court proceedings were closed to the public. On October 11, 2015, the court handed down a verdict for Rezaian, but did not give any further details on sentencing.
His case is unique as the first American from a high profile news organization like the Washington Post to be used as a political hostage by the Iranian authorities. His detention was the longest of any western journalist in Iran. The case suggest the new lengths at which the Iranian regime it willing to go in order to leverage private citizen cases.
Rezaian’s arrest occurred while he was an active employee of the Washington Post. As a result, the Washington Post built and managed his entire defense campaign.
On January 16, 2016 the U.S. government confirmed Iran released Rezaian and three other Americans as part of a prisoner swap. We are referring you to his family’s website for background information at this time.