Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian Sentened to Prison in Iran


Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian has been sentenced to prison in Iran, according to reports by the Iranian State News Agency, which included, according to AP, a confirmation by a court spokesman posted on the news agency’s site.

There is no word yet on which of his four charges Rezaian had been convicted, nor the details of his prison sentence. Rezaian has now been imprisoned for 488 days.

Rezaian was convicted in October by Iran’s Revolutionary Court at the conclusion of what the Post and others have repeatedly called a sham trial. Last month’s Kafkaesque conviction stated neither the charges on which Rezaian had been convicted nor the sentence.

In a statement, WaPo foreign editor Douglas Jehl called for Rezaian’s release. “Every day that Jason is in prison is an injustice. He has done nothing wrong,” he said. The Washington Post has been advocating for Rezaian’s release since his arrest, and introduced its #FreeJason campaign last year to raise public awareness.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Iran was second only to China in jailing journalists in 2014.

More than 500,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for his release.