The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian on his 544 Days in Iranian Prison

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian discussed his 544 days as a prisoner in an Iranian jail. Rezaian, who served as Tehran Bureau Chief for The Washington Post when he was imprisoned, was convicted but never sentenced of espionage.

Jason Rezaian on why journalists travel to dangerous places

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian said journalists live and work in countries hostile to a free press, like Iran, to make those places accessible to readers. ‘If we don’t put ourselves in those situations, in those places, we’re not going to have any coverage of the rest of the world,’ he said.
  • Jan 23, 2019

Jason Rezaian recounts the moment he was arrested in Iran

It was a Tuesday in Tehran and Jason Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Rezaian, were leaving their apartment for a surprise birthday party. When the elevator stopped, their lives came to a standstill. ‘The elevators door opened, and there was a man with a gun...The scene that ensued is one that will never leave my mind,’ Rezaian said.
  • Jan 23, 2019

Jason Rezaian believes his arrest was an attempt to complicate Iran nuclear deal

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian said he believes his arrest was "one of many attempts" by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to complicate the Iran nuclear deal.
  • Jan 23, 2019

Jason Rezaian says Americans must decide the First Amendment matters in order to protect it

When asked what ordinary citizens can do to help protect the First Amendment, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian said the country must first decide that it "really matters."
  • Jan 23, 2019

Jason Rezaian believes leaving the Iran nuclear deal was ‘irresponsible’

Jason Rezaian said he thinks the Trump Administration’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal was ‘irresponsible.’ ‘Ultimately, we made a deal...I think it was a little irresponsible for us to leave at the time that we did, because it creates a situation where people don’t necessarily believe in the ink that America writes these days,’ he said.
  • Jan 23, 2019

Jason Rezaian says blanket ban on travel to the U.S. doesn’t line up with rhetoric

Jason Rezaian says the Trump Administration’s actions and rhetoric on Iran do not line up. “We hear so much rhetoric about how we’re supporting the Iranian people’s aspirations for a freer and better future. At the same time, we’ve imposed a blanket ban on their ability to travel to this country. How do you square those two things?’
  • Jan 23, 2019
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