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The Washington Post launches initiative to spotlight and support journalist Jason Rezaian

Image of the lapel pin created by The Washington Post to bring attention to case of reporter Jason Rezaian.

#FreeJason pins will be made available to guests before White House correspondents’ dinner
Rezaian’s unjust detention highlights issue of press freedom

The Washington Post is expanding its efforts to draw attention to the case of Post Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian, who has been held in Iran’s Evin Prison since July 22, 2014, by creating and distributing lapel pins with the hashtag #FreeJason for guests attending the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

“This initiative grew out of our desire to shine a brighter spotlight on Jason’s case, especially since we now know the grave charges he faces,” said Fred Ryan, publisher of The Post. “It is yet another way for us all to show that we stand united on his behalf.”

The pins will be available at The Post’s pre-dinner reception at the Washington Hilton. Attendees who wish to show their support for Rezaian’s release are encouraged to wear the pin during the dinner and share their support via social media using the hashtag #FreeJason.

Ali Rezaian, brother of Jason, will also attend the dinner as a guest of The Post.

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