It appears Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post’s bureau chief in Tehran, will not be released from his incarceration in Iran any time soon. According to Al Jazeera, the journalist’s detention has been extended up to 60 days. Although Rezaian is a dual citizen of the US and Iran, the Iranian government does not recognize his American passport.
While Rezaian has been accused of espionage by conservative media in Tehran, officials in Tehran have continued their silence on any clear charges.
“The key thing to remember is that he should never have been arrested and imprisoned in the first place, and he should be released immediately, ” the Post’s Execitive Editor, Martin Baron, said. “There was no legitimate reason for him to be held without charges or explanation for more than four months. We again urge the Iranian authorities to give him his freedom and allow him to reunite with his family.”