Iran releases journalist but holds on to Washington Post’s reporter | Roy Greenslade | Monday 6 October 2014

An Iranian journalist detained in Iran since July along with her husband, the Washington Post’s bureau chief in Tehran, has been released from custody, reports the Washington Post’s diplomatic correspondent, Carol Morello.

Yeganeh Salehi was freed on bail in the middle of last week, but her husband, Jason Rezaian, remains in prison.

Jason brother, Ali, emailed Morello to say that Salehi visited Rezaian over the weekend and that she and her husband are “physically healthy” despite their two-and-a-half months in custody.

There have been concerns about Rezaian’s health because he has high blood pressure and must take medication daily.

Rezaian and Salehi were arrested on 22 July along with a photojournalist and her husband who have since been released.

Iran has never stated why Rezaian, 38, who holds dual American and Iranian citizenship, and his wife were arrested or the nature of the charges against them.

The US state department has called for the release of Rezaian and the others, and also asked about their condition through Switzerland, which acts as an ­intermediary since Washington does not have diplomatic relations with Tehran.

Douglas Jehl, the Post’s foreign editor, urged Iran to release Rezaian. He said: “We’re relieved that Yeganeh Salehi is home with her family in Tehran after more than 10 weeks in government detention.

“But… it is long past time for the Iranian authorities to release Jason and to permit him and Yegi to leave the country.”

Washington Post


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