‘Washington Post’ reporter Jason Rezaian, who had been held prisoner in Iran since 2014, has been freed by the Iranian government, along with 3 other American prisoners. Here’s 5 key things you need to know about the journalist.
Iran announced on Jan. 16 that it had released four Americans as part of a prisoner swap with the United States, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, 39. You might be asking yourself — who is Jason Rezaian? Here are 5 things to get you up to speed, including why he was imprisoned and more.
1. He was arrested on July 22, 2014, along with his wife, Salehi.
Security forces raided their home in Tehran and arrested both of them. Salehi, 31, a journalist who worked for the Abu Dhabi newspaper, The National, was released on bail in Oct. 2014, according to The Washington Post. However, Jason remained in prison for months without a trial or charges.
2. In Dec. 2014, Jason was charged with espionage and more.
Jason was charged with espionage, as well as “collaborating with hostile governments” and “propaganda against the establishment.” He was accused of gathering information “about internal and foreign policy” and giving it to “individuals with hostile intent.”
3. He was convicted in Oct. 2015.
Jason went on trial in May 2015. It wasn’t until October that a conviction was announced, but no details were released. In November, the court revealed that Jason had been sentenced to a prison term, but they didn’t say how long.
4. Jason holds both U.S. and Iranian citizenship.
However, Iran does not recognized dual nationality, and the U.S. was prevented from interfering with his case.
5. He had been a ‘Washington Post’ correspondent since 2012.
Before he joined The Washington Post as a reporter in Tehran in 2012, he was a freelance journalist who had written for Slate, San Francisco Chronicle, GlobalPost and Monocle.
We’re so thankful Jason has been released. Our thoughts are with Jason and his family during this time.