Sunday, January 17, 2016

Freedom for Imprisoned American Journalist!

I don't know if you've been following it, but Washington Post journalist Jason Razaian, who was arrested and jailed in 2014 by the Iranian government for basically doing his job, has been freed after 544 days of captivity.

Back in 2014, he was accused of being a spy and was thrown into the Evan Prison, the worst prison in Iran.

This morning we read this in The Washington Post:

VIENNA — The United States and Iran moved into a new era of international relations Saturday, with the implementation of a landmark agreement on Iran’s nuclear program on a drama-filled day that also saw the release of imprisoned Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and four other Americans.

It is indeed a happy day for Razaian and his family and the other four Americans.

“Friends and colleagues at The Washington Post are elated by the wonderful news that Jason Rezaian has been released from Evin Prison and has safely left the country with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi,” said Frederick J. Ryan Jr., publisher of The Post. “We are enormously grateful to all who played a role in securing his release. Our deep appreciation also goes to the many government leaders, journalists, human rights advocates and others around the world who have spoken out on Jason’s behalf and against the harsh confinement that was so wrongly imposed upon him,” he said.

We so rarely get good news. This is such a welcome news story!

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