Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian, Wife ‘Yegi’ Detained in Iran
Jason Rezaian and his wife ‘Yegi’ were mysteriously detained in Iran in late July, 2014. Jason is a correspondent for the Washington Post and his wife reports for a different middle east-focused news outlet.
After a week, about July 27, both were discovered to be in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. Both were held in solitary confinement with no communications to anyone including each other. Other foreign news reporters were detained about the same time and the international media and U.S. Department of State took notice and followed up aggressively at first.
After two months, Yegi was eventually released on bail and stayed in Iran so she could try to help with Jason’s legal matters. It was their reporting that the Iranian authorities objected to.
From family’s website: freejasonandyegi.com
Jason Denied English Translator During Interrogations for Four Months
Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has been detained in Iran since July 22, 2014. He has now been held longer than any previous Western journalist in Iran. No charges have been brought against him. Jason has not been allowed to have a lawyer defend him. Throughout this time he has been held in solitary confinement and suffered through many untreated health issues.
Please join Jason’s family and friends in demanding his release and spreading the word on social media using #FreeJason.
FreeAllThree.com started following this case from the beginning and has added Jason as a 4th hostage that deserves Americans’ attention and prayers. Jason is a dual Iranian-American citizen, similar to Amir Hekmati and Saeed Abedini. Of course, Iran does not recognize the dual citizenship or any American rights, if any, in such cases. Additionally, despite the ongoing nuclear talks, the U.S. and Iran still do not have normal diplomatic relations or Embassies* in each others’ capitals. Iran sees Jason, Amir and Saeed as citizens of Iran only and are treated the same as other Iranians, they say.
We had hope that Jason along with Amir, Saeed and Robert Levinson would have been released by now. Especially because of the ongoing, but now extended, nuclear talks and the last deadline of November 24. There was no agreement and talks are now extended to July 1, 2015.
More posts will appear on this website regarding Jason and Yegi’s conditions and needs. Their own website is FreeJasonandYegi.com and the Twitter handle @FreeJasonYegi uses hashtags #FreeJason or #JasonandYegi. Please include them in your thoughts and prayers.
* There was an American Embassy located in Tehran until overrun in 1979 by “radical students.” This followed the return of the Ayatollah Khomeini from exile in France and the establishment of the Islamic State of Iran. Iran held 52 hostages for 444 days releasing them on January 20, 1981 – on the day and at the very hour Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the United States’ 40th President. After the hostages were released, the American Embassy was and still is the Museum for the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
Ignoring the American hostages’ plight will not cause this travesty of justice to go away by itself. It will not be resolved unless the President of the United States and his chief ambassador John Kerry and lead U.S. negotiator with Iran, Wendy Sherman, speak out frequently and forcefully for the release of all these men by name. Without this, they will continue to languish in Iran!
Please help these men, stay informed and get involved! Each man has a unique ‘story’ with many facts about them and links to their families’ Facebook and Twitter accounts. They risk declining health and cannot, should not, be held against their will one more year in Iran. Some may not survive another year in the current dangerous environment they find themselves in, without required medicines!
The Obama Administration, including the State Department, can no longer deflect responsibility by claiming they are unable to get involved in these cases. Previously they skirted questions saying, “The U.S. has no direct diplomacy contact with Iran.” Besides that statement being untrue since 2010, this all changed in November 2013. That’s when the U.S. and Iran met face-to-face officially for the first time in 34 years! It was only after the Nuclear deal was signed that we learned about several secret unofficial talks with Iran were held for more than 3 years on a wide range of topics … not nuclear issues only as claimed.
FreeAllThree.com adds its voice to encourage Americans to call, write, text, email, tweet or visit their Congressman and Senators to: Demand the Administration take immediate steps to ‘Free all Americans’ held hostage in Iran now!
If you don’t know your local Congressional representatives’ names and contact info … here’s an easy-to-use ‘interactive map’ from ALCJ.org. Just follow this link for more information on how to get involved with ideas you can use: http://wp.me/P49SUn-oY
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