News Execs Make Plea for Imprisoned Journalist’s Release

By Chris O'Shea Comment

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Executives from 25 media outlets have sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking him to press Iran to release Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian from prison.

Rezaian, who holds dual citizenship in Iran and the United States, was arrested in 2014 and charged last November with alleged espionage. The length of sentence was not disclosed.

The letter—from execs at the Associated Press, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and more—said journalism is “a fundamental human right” and Iran should release Rezaian.

“Iran has never offered any evidence that even makes a pretense of justifying this imprisonment,” the letter stated, according to the Times. “Many of our organizations employ journalists who, like Jason, operate in countries, like Iran, that do not always hold a high regard for the free flow of information. We understand the risks involved.”