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Iran frees Jason Rezaian after 544 days


Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian is released as part of a prisoner swap deal after spending 544 days in an Iranian prison. Rezaian was arrested in July 2014 on charges including espionage, convicted more than a year later, and sentenced to an unspecified prison term. Rezaian's wife and two others, arrested alongside the Washington Post correspondent in 2014, are already free. Iran is one of the leading jailers of journalists, with 19 behind bars as of CPJ's annual prison census released in December.

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Statements   |   Iran

CPJ condemns Iran's jailing of journalists

New York, April 26, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns an Iranian court's sentencing of three reformist journalists. Tehran's Revolutionary Court sentenced the three to between five and 10 years in prison on charges of "acting against national security," according to press reports.

Blog   |   Iran

CPJ joins call to renew Iran special rapporteur mandate

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined 34 other organizations in calling on the U.N. Human Rights Council to vote in favor of renewing the mandate of the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The vote is scheduled to take place during the 31st session of the council, which ends March 24.

March 16, 2016 1:10 PM ET

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Blog   |   Azerbaijan, China, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Vietnam

On International Women's Day, CPJ recognizes nine female journalists jailed for their work

Syrians protest the killing and torture of women by President Assad's regime in 2011. The blogger Tal al-Mallohi remains in jail in Syria despite a court ordering her release. (AP/Mohammad Hannon)

Coverage of protests and riots. Revelations of official corruption and graft. Major natural disasters. Investigations into deplorable living conditions. These are some of the important issues journalists cover in their role as the Fourth Estate.

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'Prison is the equivalent of a death sentence for him,' son of journalist jailed in Iran says

Issa Saharkhiz, pictured in Iran. The freelance journalist's health has deteriorated since he was detained in Evin prison, his son says. (Mehdi Saharkhiz)

The son of imprisoned Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz says his father's health has deteriorated and he has lost a worrying amount of weight since being sent to Evin prison last November. In an interview with CPJ, Mehdi Saharkhiz said his father, who is due in court this week, has been treated poorly.

March 2, 2016 12:34 PM ET

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CPJ Newsletter: January

Turkey releases jailed Iraqi journalist

Iraqi journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool was released on bail in Turkey after spending 131 days in prison. (AP/Elena Becatoros)

Following months of advocacy by VICE News, CPJ, and other groups, Iraqi journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool was released from Turkish prison on January 5. Rasool was arrested in August along with his VICE News colleagues, Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, while they were reporting from southeastern Diyarbakir province. The three were charged with "aiding a terrorist organization."

January 30, 2016 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Iran

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is free, Iran news outlet says

EDITOR'S NOTE: This alert was updated at 01:23 p.m. Saturday to reflect U.S. officials confirming Jason Rezaian has been freed.

Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian spent 544 days in jail in Iran. (AP/Vahid Salemi)

New York, January 16, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, who spent 544 days in prison in Iran. Rezaian was freed as part of a prisoner swap deal, according to a report in the Post that said U.S. and Iranian officials had confirmed his release.

January 16, 2016 11:12 AM ET

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Iran arrests journalists, bans newspaper ahead of elections

New York, January 11, 2016--Iranian authorities should immediately release Farzad Pourmoradi, Meysam Mohammadi, and all journalists detained for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Authorities should furthermore lift the ban on the daily newspaper Bahar, CPJ said. The arrests and the ban on the newspaper come ahead of legislative elections scheduled to begin February 26.

January 11, 2016 6:32 PM ET

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China, Egypt imprison record numbers of journalists

Egypt is second only to China as the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2015. Worldwide, the number of journalists behind bars for their work declined moderately during the year, but a handful of countries continue to use systematic imprisonment to silence criticism. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

The Egyptian photojournalist known as Shawkan appears before a court in Cairo in May 2015 for the first time after more than 600 days in jail. A record number of journalists are imprisoned in Egypt in 2015. (AP/Lobna Tarek)

Statements   |   Iran

Iran says Jason Rezaian sentenced to prison, gives no detail

New York, November 22, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Iranian authorities to release Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, who has been sentenced to an unspecified prison term, according to state media reports that provided no additional details. Last month, state media reported that Rezaian, a U.S. citizen who faces espionage and other charges, had been convicted, but did not say on which charges or whether he had been sentenced.

November 22, 2015 11:14 AM ET

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CPJ joins call for UN members to push Iran on rights

Ali Rezaian, brother of Jason Rezaian, gives an update on the case at the National Press Club in Washington on July 22. (AP/Molly Riley)

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined 35 other organizations in calling on member states of the U.N. General Assembly to vote in favor of a resolution for the promotion and protection of human rights in Iran. The vote is scheduled to take place during the 70th session of the General Assembly on November 19.

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